Tennis pro’s plan to build by forest that inspired A.A Milne slashed

Fault! Tennis star Johanna Konta’s plans to turn a bungalow on the edge of the forest that inspired Winnie The Pooh into a four-bedroom ‘eco-home’ are slashed by council chiefs

  • British tennis star wanted to expand her two-bed bungalow in East Sussex 
  • Woodland Trust said Konta’s plans could destroy an ‘irreplaceable’ habitat
  • New home was ‘within the boundaries’ of Ashdown Forest, the inspiration for A.A Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood

Miss Konta, who has earned more than £5.2million in prize money, wanted to replace her two-bedroom bungalow in Wych Cross, East Sussex

A tennis star’s plan to build a house on the edge of the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood has been poo-pooed – by council chiefs.

Officials say Johanna Konta proposal to replace a bungalow in East Sussex with a four-bedroom ‘eco-home’ could ‘destroy’ ancient woodland.

The 27-year-old’s proposed new home is said to be within the boundaries of Ashdown Forest – the inspiration for A.A Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood in Winnie The Pooh.

Conservation charity the Woodland Trust last night gave the British number one’s plans a grand slam. 

Although Miss Konta does not propose felling any trees, the charity says it could destroy an ‘irreplaceable’ habitat likely to be home to dormice, birds and reptiles.

Jack Taylor, for the Woodland Trust, said: ‘In light of new planning rules published by the Government, the local planning authority should call game, set and match on this insensitive application. 


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‘It could be sited anywhere within her grounds rather than being lobbed in the middle of precious habitat and we would urge her to reconsider.’

Miss Konta, who has earned more than £5.2million in prize money, wants to replace her two-bedroom bungalow in Wych Cross, East Sussex. 

Johanna Konta’s plan to build a four-bedroom eco-home on the edge of Ashdown Forest – the inspiration for A.A Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood in Winnie The Pooh – has been slashed by council chiefs

Plans for the four-bedroom replacement house were submitted to Wealden District Council on June 1. 

Tree and landscape officer David Massheder raised concerns about the ‘irreplaceable’ ancient woodland.

The area of land is where A.A. Milne lived while writing the Winnie the Pooh.

Miss Konta was unavailable for comment and Wealden District Council declined to comment.

The tennis pro’s planning application for the four-bedroom replacement house was submitted to Wealden District Council on June 1

Although Miss Konta did not propose felling any trees, the Woodland Trust charity said expanding the bungalow could destroy an ‘irreplaceable’ habitat

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