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Appeal: Tennis court and garden would harm national park

South Downs National Park

An inspector has refused works relating to a tennis court and a vegetable garden owing to the harm they would inflict upon the ‘scenic beauty’ of the South Downs National Park (SDNP).

Inspector AJ Steen said a stone wall that adjoins the already established vegetable garden and runs parallel to a public footpath was a prominent, alien and suburban feature in this location. Although the council said that the wall might comprise permitted development, Steen contended that the retention of the wall through this fallback position would not overcome the harm to the SDNP.

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