Councillors gave planning permission for three small bungalows to be built on a brown-field site near the A29 with designated commercial use.
Horsham District Council voted for the scheme for land north of Gate Lodge, Stane Street, Slinfold at a Development Control North Committee meeting on Tuesday (September 8).
The applicant, Wendy Coad’s bid to end the commercial usage, remove associated buildings and the housing was supported by the parish council and recommended for refusal by planning officers.
Tricia Youtan (Con, Itchingfield, Slinfold and Warnham), who proposed to permit the development, said: “My parish council are 100 per cent behind this application.
“There’s obviously a genuine desire for the village to have an extra couple of bungalows.
“Parish councils represent local people and the local residents are in favour of this.”
A parish council representative said: “We cannot support the view that there’s a commercially viable alternative for a couple of tumbled down barns.”
A speaker said: “What’s needed is housing and where better to provide than a brown field commercial site which is no longer required.”
Planning officers advised against the development in a document which stated the proposed loss of commercial land for housing was not essential in the well-screened countryside location. It added the development could be put in a neighbourhood plan.
Ian Howard (Con, Southwater) said: “The right way is for this to come through the neighbourhood plan.
“It’s an ideal time for it to go into there.”
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