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Appeal: Highway land-to-garden conversion will not harm character of area

Residential garden

Retrospective permission has been given for the change of use of a section of highway wasteland to a private garden in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, after an inspector deemed that there was neither a conflict with the Burgess Hill Neighbourhood Plan (NP) nor any impact on the character and appearance of the area.

Inspector Grahame Gould noted that Mid Sussex Council had cited conflict with its emerging local plan as a reason for refusal, but he argued that this plan could be given little weight because examination of it had not begun. Despite the council also alleging conflict with the NP, Gould said this conflict had not been explained and he could find none present.

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