Plans by the Park House Hotel at Bepton to change the use of a field across the road to an overflow car park have been rejected by the South Downs National Park Authority today (Thursday, June 15).
A previous plan was also refused on the grounds it would harm landscape, the adjoining Conservation area and the amenities of nearby residents in terms of noise and visual impact.
The hotel wanted space to park 30 cars when the demand for on-site parking exceeded capacity which would, it said, be a maximum of three nights a month.
Speaking for his father who owns the listed house next to the proposed car park Jonathan Sterne told the committee the previous application was refused for a raft of reasons including the belief that it was an unacceptable ‘incongruous form of development’ which would have an ‘urbanising’ effect on the surrounding area.
He told the committee: “The only difference between the old application and the new one is that the area of the proposed car park has been made larger due to the introduction of the landscaping.”
Committee member Alun Alesbury said he was far from convinced the space could not be found on the hotel site.
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