Wedding venue plan for plant nursery
The owners of a nursery are making another bid to be able to hold weddings at the venue.
King Johns Nursery, in Etchingham, has applied to Rother District Council for planning permission to change the use of part of the Sheepstreet Lane site to allow up to eight wedding ceremonies a year.
The council’s planning committee had blocked a previous bid by the business to host weddings and receptions on the site.
In 2017 Rother rejected a similar planning application on the grounds that the change of use would result in “unacceptable levels of noise and disturbance” which would harm the amenities of neighbouring properties and “adversely impact on the tranquil and relatively remote nature of this part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.
The new scaled-down planning application only seeks to hold wedding ceremonies on the site and not receptions.
Guests will be expected to hold any evening entertainment elsewhere.
As part of the development, the proposal seeks to improve visibility at the existing access.
SJM Planning, which has submitted the planning application on behalf of King Johns Nursery, said the owners are active members of the community.
A report said: “We need to support local rural businesses especially in this current climate.
“Plant nurseries are becoming increasingly rare as they cannot support themselves selling plants alone.
“The existing business is unique around here.
“They are very community minded and have a huge amount of support locally.”
A decision will be made on the plans at a later date.