Campaigners fighting the ‘gateway’ road development in north east Bexhill predicted Rother District Council would rubber stamp it against strong local opposition.
Combe Haven Defenders highlighted more than 640 objections against the proposal which was examined by the planning committee yesterday.
The road is intended to link up the BHLR with Wrestwood Road and the development work outlined by applicant Sea Change Sussex is to build a single carriageway road across land at Glovers Farm and Worsham Farm.
This is to feature a roundabout connection to the link road plus cuttings and embankments, and a traffic light junction on the A2036 end between Bodiam Avenue and the Glades.
The spur will have a 30 mph limit and a three metre wide shared-use footpath cycleway, plus pedestrian refuges where two existing public footpaths cross the roads.
The plan received 86 letters of support and had backing from MP’s Greg Barker and Amber Rudd. However concerns include impact on green land, noise, congestion, flooding, increased traffic and disturbance to wild life.
Combe Haven Defenders say this road is key in longterm plans to build a business park and “a massive housing complex” north west of Pebsham, although the council’s agenda stated that ‘the principle of the road” was not a matter for consideration, but whether the proposed road reached high design expectations.
CHD spokesperson Andrea Needham described it as a “white elephant” and said: “This is only the beginning of the fight to stop this harmful project.”