Convenience store at the Highlands Inn Dismissed

The appeal has been dismissed and my email was only coincidently sent on the same day. The appeal decision states:

“Although the convenience store would contribute to economic and social roles of development, these are outweighed by the material harm identified to the character and appearance of the area. The adverse impacts of the development would, therefore, significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits. I have taken account of all other matters raised, including the support for the proposal from some local residents, but these do not outweigh the conflict with the development plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.”

WD-2014-1091-F_Appeal Documentation_14.1091 Decision

 

Although the convenience store would contribute to economic and social roles of development, these are outweighed by the material harm identified to the character and appearance of the area. The adverse impacts of the development would, therefore, significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits. I have taken account of all other matters raised, including the support for the proposal from some local residents, but these do not outweigh the conflict with the development plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

 

This morning I emailed the CeO of Greene King, Rooney Anand. This afternoon I have had confirmation that the appeal into the proposed Morrisons store at the Highlands Inn has been “Dismissed”.

My email:

Dear Mr. Anand

I have read that Greene King have now been given the go ahead for the acquisition of Spirit Pub Company plc. The Spirit Pub company includes the Highlands Inn in Uckfield, East Sussex which is one of their leased pubs. The current landlord, Ridley Inns, has a lease for 20 years. The pub was beginning to be run down after a succession of management with mixed fortunes. However since the acquisition of the lease by Ridley Inns the Highlands has gone from strength to strength with a much improved menu such that it has once again become a popular meeting place and dining venue for the town.

Before the Highlands was reborn under the Ridley management Spirit Inns had put forward a planning application with Morrisons for the building of a convenience store in the pub car park. (Wealden District Council application Ref: WD/2014/1091/F). This application was refused by Wealden District Council following a number of objections from local residents despite the planning officer recommending permission be granted. Spirit Pubs Ltd. Have subsequently lodged an appeal against the refusal decision.

In one of their appeal documents Spirit Pubs Ltd. Suggested that if planning for the convenience store was refused they would use permitted change of use to convert the Highlands Inn into a convenience store. In order to prevent this happening the Uckfield Neighbourhood Plan steering group, of which I am the Chairman, have applied to Wealden District Council to have the Highlands Inn listed as an “Asset of Community Value” as defined in the Localism Act 2011 in order that a change of use would require a planning application and be open to public scrutiny. A decision on the listing will be made in July.

Please can you tell me whether Greene King will be continuing the appeal of the planning application for the Morrisons Store on the Car park at the Highlands Inn, Eastbourne Road, Uckfield or if this application will now be withdrawn?

As I have already stated the Ridley family who have the lease have really turned the pub around over the last few months and I hope that Greene King will work with them to continue to provide an asset of community value.

Best Regards

Richard Judge

Chairman

Uckfield Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

 

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