The Ecological Land Cooperative has purchased a 7.5-hectare field in the village of Arlington, in the village of Arlington, East Sussex. We are seeking permission to establish three affordable residential smallholdings for new entrants to ecological agriculture.
Specifically, we are seeking a 5-year consent for: three temporary agricultural worker dwellings; a single timber-framed barn with a roof-mounted PV array and two adjoining rainwater storage tanks; hardstanding; and changes to the access.
Our application for planning permission was validated by Wealden Council in April 2017. A public consultation period followed during which the council received letters of support and objection.
The planning application documentation is available both on our website page Arlington Planning Application and via Wealden Council’s Planning and Building Control Register (search for application no. WD/2017/0340/F)
We have produced a series of webpages and downloads with more information:
In November 2017, The Ecological Land Cooperative lodged an appeal against Wealden District Council’s failure to determine a planning application for the formation of three linked small holdings and ancillary accommodation at Arlington in East Sussex. You can read our appeal documentation here.
The following may also be of interest:
I have worked for over five years with the Ecological Land Cooperative, supporting their initial project and collaborating with them on various working groups, initiatives and events to encourage low impact, agro-ecological farming, opportunities for new entrants to farming and access to land and rural housing issues. They are an innovative and proactive organisation that is pioneering new ways of addressing some of the most challenging issues facing the development of better food and farming in the UK.
Rachel Harries, Soil Association