Scientology's UK HQ angers residents by felling trees in conservation area - 2017-01-18

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F345.png Scientology's UK HQ angers residents by felling trees in conservation area January 18, 2017, Robert Booth, The Guardian

The church of Scientology has angered neighbours at its UK headquarters by expanding its facilities without planning consent and felling trees in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

Residents close to the sprawling HQ near East Grinstead in West Sussex have accused the church of "selfishly and arrogantly" carrying out "destructive development plans before authorisation" by building a coach and minibus park before securing planning permission.

People in the hamlet of St Hill Green are objecting to noise and light pollution and what they say is the destruction of wildlife habitats, including the cutting down of 22 trees. A planning application has now been lodged for retrospective consent.


{{cite news | first = Robert | last = Booth | title = Scientology's UK HQ angers residents by felling trees in conservation area | url = https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/18/scientologys-uk-hq-angers-residents-by-felling-trees-in-conservation-area | work = The Guardian | date = January 18, 2017 | accessdate = January 19, 2017 }}