Council plan for housing sites in Ringmer criticised

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  • Cllr Booth said the Anchor Field sites in the centre of the village were ideal for sheltered housing
  • The Neighbourhood Development Plan did not recommend the Broyleside site as it floods regularly
  • The district council has revealed 30 council owned sites earmarked for 415 homes across Lewes District

Sites selected by Lewes District Council for housing in Ringmer were coming under fire this week.

Ringmer Parish Council planning committee chairman Richard Booth said he was disappointed local knowledge had been ignored.

But the district council said the plan to deliver new homes was in its early stages and the list of sites was just the beginning of consulting with residents.

The district council revealed 30 council owned sites which it has earmarked for 415 homes across Lewes District, including Broyle Close and Broyleside Cottages in Ringmer.

Cllr Booth said: “As chairman of Ringmer Parish Council planning committee I am disappointed that Lewes District Council does not appear to have made good use of Ringmer’s Neighbourhood Development Plan to help it determine the suitability for development of its district owned sites in Ringmer, or to have consulted the village about them.”

Cllr Booth said the Anchor Field sites in the centre of the village were ideal for sheltered housing, but the Neighbourhood Development Plan did not recommend the Broyleside site as it floods regularly.

John Kay of Lewes District branch of CPRE Sussex, said development at Broyleside Cottages would be in contradiction to national flood-risk policy.

A spokesperson for the district council said: “The whole essence of this project is that the proposals will be drawn up by the council and its development partners in discussion with local communities.”

The district council added: “The development partnership brings together a great deal of commercial and property expertise, and we trust that they are able to assess the suitability of these sites.”

The district council has requested a meeting with Ringmer Parish Council to discuss its concerns.

The district council said there were other council owned sites which could be developed in the future. The district council said it could consider developing sites suggested by Ringmer Parish Council either on its own or in partnership with a third party.

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