Campaigners will fight homes plan

Campaigners to fight plans for 650 homes in Hailsham JPSE
Campaigners to fight plans for 650 homes in Hailsham JPSE

More than 100 residents turned out for a meeting on Wednesday night (June 19) to discuss plans to build 650 new homes in Hailsham.

The North Hailsham and Hellingly Residents Union held the meeting at Emmanuel Church Hall. It heard residents and councillors’ views on proposals to build homes on land east of Park Road and south of New Road in Hailsham.

Residents opted to fight the plans rather than take a more pragmatic approach and help guide the development.

Chairman of the union, Grant de Jongh said: “I asked people to put their hands up for two different points of view. Taking a pragmatic view or wanting to fight. Some 40 per cent of people put their hands up to control the development but 60 per cent wanted to fight. We want to have a demonstration and want to write in our opposition.

“We now have a month to act. We will encourage people to write letters to councillors and their MP and as well as the petition we handed in, and we are looking at holding a protest march.”

The meeting comes as Wealden District Council unveils its new Wealden Local Plan (Strategic Sites Local Plan) which plans to build 4,525 new homes in 11 areas including the Park Road patch and other areas in Polegate and Stone Cross.

The plan guides development in the district until 2027 and the council wants to hear the public’s view before submitting it to the Secretary of State for independent examination early next year.

People are able to make comments about the design but not alter the number of homes.

The proposals include building around 700 homes on land south of Polegate and East Willingdon at the north east side of the A2270.

It also proposes to build 600 homes east of Hailsham and 612 new dwellings in Stone Cross. Part of the development will fall on to Dittons Road where 134 homes will be built. The remainder will be built between five sites to the north of Rattle Road on the eastern outskirts of the village. Land south of Appletrees has recently been granted outline planning permission for 120 new homes, a community facility and open space provision.

The adoption of the Strategic Sites Local Plan is anticipated next summer.

To make a representation write to Planning Policy, Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX. You can also email ldf@wealden.gov.uk or visit www.wealden.objective.co.uk/portal.

A representation form and guidance note can be printed from the council’s website at www.wealden.gov.uk. The period for representation runs until July 29.