THE Queen’s cousin is appealing, at a public inquiry, against the refusal of Chichester District Council to allow him to change the use of land at his Great Trippetts Estate in Milland to a residential garden.
The Marquis of Milford Haven was refused permission in December for the extension to his garden, despite Milland parish councillors raising no objection.
They said: “In the opinion of our planning committee this proposed land swap will have no adverse impact on the landscape nor will it impinge on neighbouring properties.”
But Chichester District Council (CDC) refused the application on the grounds that it represented an ‘unjustified and unacceptable encroachment into the rural area’.
“In addition to the encroachment into the former adjacent paddock,” it said, “the resultant domestic use and activity of this land would compound the harm to the quiet and tranquil character of the surrounding area which forms part of the South Downs National Park.”
CDC planning officers said allowing the proposal would also set an undesirable precedent making it difficult to refuse further similar applications.”
But appealing against the decision, planning experts for the Marquis of Milford Haven claimed the site lay within a country estate – with a very significant equestrian use – where the use as residential garden would not cause harm to the quiet and tranquil character of the area.
“This is not a wild natural uninhabited landscape, neither is it remote from human influence and habitation.”