DESPITE no objections raised by Milland Parish Council, the Queen’s cousin, the Marquess of Milford Haven, has had a plan to extend his garden rejected by Chichester district councillors.
The planning authority has refused his application to change the use of land at his Great Trippetts home in Rake Road, Milland to residential garden.
The district council refused the application on the grounds the proposed extension of garden land represented an ‘unjustified and unacceptable’ encroachment into the rural area ‘contrary to policies of restraint on development in rural areas and the planning authority’s duty to conserve and enhance the distinctive rural character and appearance of the national park’.
In addition to the encroachment into the former adjacent paddock, said the district council, use of the land as garden would ‘compound the harm to the quiet and tranquil character of the surrounding area which forms part of the South Downs National Park’.
“Allowing this proposal would also set an undesirable precedent which would make it difficult to refuse further similar applications, leading to significant incremental erosion of the rural landscape.”
In contrast, Milland parish councillors said they did not feel the proposal would have any adverse impact on the landscape or impinge on neighbouring properties, neither were there any footways or bridleways close enough for there to be any visual impact.