UPDATE: Well-supported Hurst Green tree felling proposal withdrawn

A neighbour wants to fell the tree on Station Road, Hurst Green, but planning officers disagree. Photo: Google SUS-170802-173018001
A neighbour wants to fell the tree on Station Road, Hurst Green, but planning officers disagree. Photo: Google SUS-170802-173018001

An application to fell a protected tree in Hurst Green, supported by a petition signed by 69 people, was withdrawn hours before it was due to be considered.

Susan Endean wanted to get rid of the 20m-tall Monterey pine tree near her home on Station Road for a number of reasons, saying it is ‘dangerous’.

The tree is protected by a tree preservation order and Rother District Council planning officers believe it should not be felled but could be pruned.

The planning committee was due to make the final decision at its meeting this morning (Thursday, February 9), but the application was withdrawn.

Mrs Endean listed numerous reasons why the tree should go, including its cones damaging cars, roots make the pavement uneven and blocking television reception.

She also said the tree ‘blights’ her home and makes it ‘impossible’ to sell, and 69 people support her proposal.

A handful of objections were made to the council from concerned residents who believe the tree is healthy and is a ‘Hurst Green icon’.

The planning officers agreed, saying its size is not unreasonable but admit the damage caused by the cones is a serious concern.

“The Monterey pine makes a significant contribution to the landscape of the village and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,” the report said.

The council has been contacted for comment.

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