Heathfield residential home can be replaced

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Heathfield residents lobbied their parish council at Monday’s planning meeting to express concerns about a plan to enlarge Abbeyfield in Mill Road. It would involve knocking down Gray Court, two small detached properties and Holdenhurst House itself.

A three storey block of extra care apartments and a new part three and four storey element with apartments are in the original application. There would be 59 flats including communal accommodation. Documents state layout proposals were ‘favourably considered’ by Wealden’s planning officers at pre-application meetings.

However they met with a surge of disapproval from Mill Road residents who feared buildings would overshadow the area and the construction process would prove unacceptably disturbing and dangerous in a quiet residential area.

Committee members overwhelmingly supported their view. They voted against the scheme saying it represents overdevelopment and would dominate the street scene.

They say it will not enhance the character of the area and would have an impact on neighbours. They are also concerned about drainage and danger from traffic, concluding the whole nature and scale is unacceptable. The scheme will now be debated by Wealden District Council’s planning committee on January 9. Please write to Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham BN27 2AX quoting: WD/2014/2484/MAJ