DEVELOPERS START CONSULTATION ON 2,500 HOME "VILLAGE" NEAR HAILSHAM
Developers GROSVENOR have launched the first consultation stages to bring forward 300 acres of land West of Hailsham, near Arlington, to develop a new "green village". They have so far held consultations with local Councils (Hailsham Town Council and Arlington, among others) and claim to be "working with" Wealden District Council. However Wealden, at this stage, have not got a finalised plan and so it is not possible to say whether this proposal would become part of the next Wealden plan. On one hand, development of this area was rejected in the 2019 plan. On the other hand, with a bigger target being set by central government, can Wealden afford to ignore this land and the 2,500 properties it could provide?
MARSHFOOT LANE DEVELOPMENT FORWARD FOR RESERVED MATTERS
The controversial Old Marshfoot Farm development in Hailsham has come forward for "reserved matters" approval. This development was awarded outline permission in 2019 in very controversial circumstances. An appeal for the Housing Minister to call in this application was refused. There are still many good reasons why this development should not be built, but it seems common sense will not prevail. However the development as proposed is very flawed. It is over-developed with insufficient parking and over 200 properties needing to have raw sewage pumped up-hill because much of the property lies below the level of local sewers. Additionally, the profile of buildings is visually unsuitable for a development on the edge of Pevensey Levels, qualifying as "visual vandalism". We shall see - objections continue to be raised.
GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR NET ZERO CARBON HOUSES
To see an article on this, click HERE
PRESSURE MOUNTS REGARDING SOLAR FARMS
Wealden District Council is making an "overall assessment" following the latest application for a massive solar farm spreading between the A27 and A22 near Chalvington, Ripe and Arlington. There have in recent years been a number of solar farm developments in this part of Sussex. At some point, we have to be sensible about how much green countryside we cover in solar panels. Perhaps common sense will indeed prevail here?
ANOTHER GREEN SPACE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSED
A planning application has been submitted for 31 houses on SHARNFOLD FARM just north of Stone Cross. However this would seem to be the potential "thin end of the wedge" as it seems clear that the owners would like to build 400+ properties on this agricultural space. This area forms part of a natural barrier between the urban sprawls of "Greater Eastbourne" and Hailsham. Both aesthetically AND culturally we believe this barrier needs to be retained.
Note as of 18th May 2021 Natural England has possibly challenged this development as there is no evidence of sufficient treatment of surface water (it would require 2 stages of filtration prior to entering channels toward Pevensey Levels)
There is a Facebook group - Stop Sharnfold Development - you can find them HERE
Housing Charity SHELTER now tells us that 40% of houses with Planning
permission never get built, and that Planning permission is clearly NOT the problem
TWO MINUTE VIDEO FILMS
We found some very short video films on Planning and SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest), and thought you might find them interesting (there are adverts but you can skip after a little while)