No to Petworth farm proposal

APPEALS were dismissed to gain planning permission on a Petworth Farm.

The appeals concern Old Mill Farm in Lurgashall and were made by The Leconfield Estate against the decision of Chichester District Council.

They sought permission for the retention of extensions, cladding and mezzanine to the existing Dutch barn on the site and the formation of a new vehicular access to Mill Lane.

These proposals were dismissed on December 8 by the district council on the grounds that to retain the barn would be visually intrusive to the surroundings and would fail to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the South Downs National Park landscape.

Inspector David Harmston, who dismissed the appeal on September 5, said: “The structure as it now exists is not typical of the other farm buildings which I saw in and around Lurgashall. It is an alien feature in the landscape which causes significant harm to the National Park.

“My overall conclusion is that the extent and scale of the harm to the character and appearance of the area and the National Park that both these developments creates outweighs all other considerations.”