The Bluebell Railway were disapointed to be notified that Mid Sussex District Council planning officers had decided to recommend to the North area planning meeting, scheduled for 20 December, that our application for removal of planning condition 11, relating to the hours of operation at East Grinstead, be refused. This had not been expected and rather than risk an adverse decision, the application was withdrawn.
The project to re-connect the Bluebell Railway with the historic town of East Grinstead is both complex and expensive. A set back of this nature and at this late stage could have a serious impact on the project viability. It is therefore imperative to assess the implications carefully. The plan is to meet with local councilors and the planners in January to decide how best to proceed.
Note: Permission remains in place for a "stopping place" at East Grinstead as allowed for in the 1985 Planning Appeal decision from the Secretary of State.
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