Published: 26th Apr 2021

A planning inspector has ruled Rother District Council was wrong to reject plans to create a new enterprise park, which could support up to 500 local jobs. The counil’s planning committee refused planning permission in October 2019 for an application for a business development on the Bexhill Enterprise Park. Developer Westcott Leach originally proposed a set of light industrial units covering around 84,000 sq ft of floor space, with associated parking and landscaping. Sea Change Sussex– the not-for-profit economic development company which owns the land – had proposed to develop a supporting access road and provide the necessary utilities. Sea Change Sussex had already obtained outline planning permission for the scheme in May 2018. Sea Change Sussex and Westcott Leach lodged five appeals against the council’s actions. The inspector found in favour of Wescott Leach and Sea Change Sussex on all counts. The inspector also awarded costs to Westcott Leach … (To read the full article, subscribe below)