Permission refused for woodland development

Permission refused for woodland development

Permission refused for woodland development

 Published: 23-Apr-2021

A retrospective planning application for development on land at Fowlers Stone Wood, Harvel Road, Meopham, has been refused.

Mr G Sullivan had applied for the change of use of land for the siting of one mobile home, a utility unit with raised decking, a toilet and one touring caravan, together with the creation of a vehicle access, parking and turning areas.

The application received objections from Kent Wildlife Trust, The Woodland Trust, Meopham and Vigo Parish Councils, and neighbouring properties.

The retrospective application has been refused on the grounds the development is not in line with Green Belt policy and has resulted in the direct loss and failure to conserve or enhance the ancient woodland within which it sits, or the setting of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There are no special circumstances arising from the development that would be required to justify an exception to the Green Belt policy.

Intentional unauthorised development can be taken into consideration when deciding retrospective applications, and the nature and extent of the development at Fowlers Stone Wood, including the way it has been carried out, was a material consideration in the decision.

The site is the subject of a High Court injunction requiring all development be removed from the land and the submission of a scheme of restoration, and the council’s enforcement action under this High Court injunction will continue through the legal process.

 Last updated: 23-Apr-2021

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