We are pleased to announce that the Planning Inspectorate has allowed an appeal for the development of land at South Chailey in East Sussex for C2 accommodation comprising 40 nursing and dementia rooms and 40 extra care units.

The Council had refused the planning application and one of the main issues was whether the location would be suitable for a residential institution having regard to national and development plan policies.  We represented the appellant in relation to transportation matters at a Public Inquiry held to determine the appeal.

The Inspector considered that most residents would be disinclined to travel by car and that a dedicated mini-bus and Travel Plan would ensure that there would not be significant numbers of additional car journeys.  The Inspector also considered that the facility would be locally based to serve the community and noted with reference to NPPF that different measures will be required in different communities, and that opportunities to maximise sustainable transport solutions will vary from urban to rural areas.