Most people will remember the long-running attempts by the Iford Estates to get permission from the Planners for their development of commercial game shooting on the Downs. After many objections from local parishes and individuals, including Rodmell Parish Council, their applications were rejected, and Lewes District Council subsequently issued an enforcement order against them.
Many of you commented earlier on the appeal, and several people attended the hearing, at which many objections were expressed, on grounds including the effect on residents’ access, rights of way, conserving and enhancing the landscape and scenic beauty of the National Park, noise, and protection of rare species of wildlife.
The appeal was held by the Planning Inspectorate on Tuesday March 10th at Lewes District Council, Southover Street. The leading objector was Rodmell’s own Breaky Bottom vineyard, who claim that their business has been severely affected in the past and will continue to be in future if Iford Estates’ appeal is allowed. A number of other objectors from villages in the valley were there to add their voices.
We heard this morning that the appeal had been dismissed, which means that shooting will now have to be restricted to no more than 28 days in any calendar year. Whilst many of those who commented on this site would probably have preferred there to be no shooting at all, most will nevertheless see this as a realistic decision and hope that it will be adhered to.