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‘Sharing with neighbours’ does not justify South Downs nature lookout

Nature Appreciation

Plans to build a small timber outbuilding for observing wildlife have been refused despite the appellant’s offer to ‘share with the neighbours’, after an inspector found no mechanism to guarantee community use.

The proposal, for a small parcel of land in the South Downs National Park, was intended to provide a lookout spot to appreciate the wildlife of a nearby pond. On his visit, Inspector David Walker found some existing garden furniture, suggesting the site is already being used to observe the pond and its wildlife. The proposal would therefore provide shelter to continue this activity with a perma.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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