Public Inquiry - residential development in AONB - Horsted Keynes, 2021
Client: Mid Sussex District Council
Developer: Fairfax Acquisitions Ltd
Acted as expert landscape witness on behalf of the LPA following refusal of outline permission for development of 32 dwellings in the High Weald AONB, just beyond the settlement boundary of the village of Horsted Keynes.
Key issues included landscape and visual impact, effect on the character of the AONB, housing need, heritage impact and whether the proposals constituted "major development" for the purposes of NPPF footnote 55.
The Inquiry was held (in virtual format) in March 2021 and the decision is currently awaited.