50 objections against planning application for Scientology HQ - 2017-05-24
The church says it wants to end the unsustainable practice where staff are transported between accommodation in Crowborough to Saint Hill Manor using a fleet of 18 minibuses covering almost 500 miles every day.
It hopes to replace the minibuses with seven 9m long buses seating up to 32 people, which will cut daily fleet mileage to around 170 miles.
The district environmental health officer echoed residents' concerns over the impact of traffic noise, suggesting the drop-off only be used between 8am to 9pm.
East Grinstead Town Council recommends refusal of the plans over traffic safety concerns and expressed disappointment the church was only seeking consent after the work had been done, saying it was "well versed in the planning process".