Horam residents say site is ‘eyesore’

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Horam residents and councillors are in despair over the ‘eyesore’ site in the middle of the village.

The site was previously used for the production of Merrydown Cider and has been vacant since 2004.

It was earmarked for housing development, formerly by David Wilson Homes and more recently by Redrow Homes (South East.)

The original application was for 92 homes which was opposed by the Parish and Wealden District councils.

A subsequent application for 59 homes and live work units was approved.

Buildings were demolished and it appeared the site was being made ready for construction, then everything stopped.

Now the site is an ‘eyesore’ local people say.

One resident, who does not wish to be named, said: “Redrow signed the Section 106 agreement in early August. Then, suddenly, the portable cabins and flags disappeared. I think they are now aiming to negotiate with Wealden over increasing the number of homes on the site, possibly saying the 59 originally approved is ‘non viable’.”

A spokesman for original agents Boyer Planning said they were no longer involved in the scheme.

A spokesperson for Redrow Homes (South East), said: “Our plans for the former Merrydown Cider factory site in Horam are currently on hold while we explore our options to develop the site, which will involve detailed discussions with Wealden District Council.

“We have completed demolition of the derelict factory buildings and made the site safe and secure for the benefit of the community, while keeping access points open for local businesses.”

A council spokesman said: “The ball is now in Redrow’s court.”