New burial site for Heathfield

HEATHFIELD’S long-awaited new burial ground, recreation area and allotments look set to go ahead now Wealden planners have earmarked the scheme for approval.

They would use agricultural grassland south of Heathfield on the western side of the B2203 at Theobalds Green and next to the Cuckoo Trail.

The burial area would be at the southern end of the site and divided into traditional and woodland burial grounds. There would also be a modest ’cart lodge’ style timber-framed building with weatherboarding and a clay tiled roof.

Of three bays, one would contain toilets including a disabled WC while the other two would be open for people to shelter and meet.

Most of the 92 proposed 10 by five metre allotments would be south of a new access road. An open recreation area would be to the north and east.

In documents submitted with the application, Heathfield Parish Council says the development will ‘provide a mix of important community uses to serve Heathfield and the wider parish’.

The papers also say it’s been designed to minimise impact on the landscape and preserve the character of the AONB.

It would not impact on neighbours and suitable access and parking arrangements are planned.

‘Overall the development is considered to provide the potential for a significant benefit to the quality of life for residents of Heathfield.’

Sussex police have told planners they would need appropriate measures to deter trespass, damage and anti-social behaviour, particularly ‘adequate robust fencing and planting along the Cuckoo Trail boundary’.

Local residents wrote three letters which say say the site is outside the development boundary, would cause an increase in traffic and use of local footpaths, impact on trees, hedgerows and the neighbouring AONB.

They also have concerns about safe access.

But planners say ‘the development is not considered to have any material negative impact on neighbouring residential properties.’

The site was the subject of various applications during the 1950s and 1960s for new homes which were all refused.