Objections raised against Mash Barn development

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THE South Downs National Park Authority has raised objections to the proposed Brighton and Hove Albion training ground development near Mash Barn Lane, Lancing.

In a report, Tim Slaney, director of planning, said the development would “harm the setting and landscape character of South Downs National Park”.

Mr Slaney said the strategic gap between Lancing and Shoreham provided “indirect benefits” to the national park, “enabling a strip of largely undeveloped land to visually connect the national park and the sea, improving both the setting of the park and the views from it”.

If the application was successful, the development would be built upon a part of the strategic gap. Mr Slaney said if the proposal is approved by Adur District Council conditions should be added to the application.

Among the planning conditions he said should be imposed if the application was approved were the submission of samples of materials for new external work, further consideration about the implementation of a landscaping scheme, and limits on the usage of external lighting and a reduction in the height of the proposed lighting columns to reduce light spill.