Application for 240 new homes in Hailsham

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A planning application for 240 new homes in Hailsham has been submitted to Wealden District Council.

The homes, which are proposed for land west of Park Road, are part of the council’s Strategic Sites Local Plan which will see hundreds of new homes built in Hailsham, Polegate, Stone Cross, and Willingdon.

The council is currently holding a public consultation asking for residents views on the Strategic plan.

A planning application for 650 homes on land east of Park Road has already been submitted by The Fairfield Partnership.

The planning application submitted by Hallam Land Management Ltd, states the development will consist of two and five bedroom houses,. 35 per cent of the development wouod be affordable housing.

The plan has two letters of opposition from residents, who raised concerns about flooding, and the strain on infrastructure.

Grant De Jongh, from the North Hailsham and Hellingly Residents Union, which is campaigning against the proposed level of housing in Hailsham, said he wanted infrastructure delivered to cope with the new houses. He said: “A few years ago we were promised much better infrastructure, medical services and schools with the arrival of 1000 new homes. However the council never delivered on this and now we have significantly over subscribed primary schools and other serious problems. We want the council to apply a rule similar to the one they applied to a highways application a few years ago which would stipulate in this context that once 50 homes are occupied a certain percentage of the 106 agreement must fulfilled. And so on.”

A spokesman for Wealden District Council said: “The Local Plan Core Startegy emphasies the need for the infrastructure to be in place to meet the new development and part of the consulation taking place is about the new Community Infrastructure Levy which will help pay for these in the the future. We are also working with the local councils in Hailsham and Helingly and the County Council on the Movement and Access Strategy for Haislham and Hellingly.”

The union also raised concerns about councillors voting on the Fairfield application on July 25 before the consultation ends on July 29. They also said voting should be deferred so both the Hallam and Fairfield applications can be discussed together.

But a spokesman for Wealden District Council said despite the consultation, planning applications still had to be dealt with. He said: “The principle of strategic housing and other growth in this area has already been approved by an Independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State following public examination. The representations made during the coming weeks will be subject to an examination in public by the Inspector. In the meantime planning applications still have to be dealt with. Failure by this council to deal with a major application within 13 weeks could see the application called in by the Secretary of State who has the power to make the decision himself. This would essentially remove any local consideration. This we believe would be a departure from the democratic process.”