Pond creation inappropriate in high quality landscape

Plans by the owner of agricultural land in the High Weald AONB in Sussex to construct a pond along the line of an existing drainage ditch would harm the quality of the landscape unacceptably, an inspector has ruled, noting that it would be unconnected with the agricultural use of the land.

The appellant stated that the pond would be approximately 59 metres wide and 35 metres in length and landscaped to mitigate its visual impact. Although ponds were a characteristic of the area very few were found ‘in line’ with existing waterways and where they did exist it was largely due to geological formations, the inspector held. A pond in the middle of a field unrelated to the agricultural use was rare, the inspector concluded, and despite having some hydrological and ecological benefits the scheme was visually unacceptable.

Inspector: Cullum Parker; Written representations

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