ELC have announced that they have been granted temporary permission by Wealden District Council to create three affordable smallholdings for new entrant farmers on their site in Arlington, East Sussex.
"Since our last detailed planning update in December last year, we were busy preparing for our public enquiry appeal scheduled for September but due to an unexpected turn of events we were invited to submit a second duplicate application last month which was given approval as a delegated decision by the planning officer.
The key problem we had faced was due to the council’s moratorium on all new developments that could give rise to a net increase in vehicle movements through the Ashdown Forest, a habitat of European nature conservation importance that hosts a variety of protected species. The ELC’s Zoe Wangler had responded to this valid and important concern with thorough research demonstrating that our development would not increase traffic in the Ashdown Forest and we are extremely pleased that the council have accepted this and we no longer have to go to appeal to argue our case.
Sincere thanks to all of our members & supporters for helping us achieve this wonderful news - it is only with your investment, encouragement, letters of support, advice and goodwill that we have been able to secure this planning permission - and we look forward to many more successes in the future!
Watch this space for more information about our smallholder recruitment process. If you are interested in applying then a reminder to complete this survey.
The ELC team
P.S if you know of land that is available for lease/purchase/donation to allow us to create more affordable ecological smallholdings then check out this page on our website and get in touch! ;)"