New Hailsham ‘neighbourhood’ outlined in plans for a 650 home estate

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A 650 home estate will be built in Hellingly if district planners give the go ahead next month.

A planning application to create a new “neighbourhood” east of Park Road and south of New Road has been submitted to Wealden District Council (WDC) by The Fairfield Partnership.

Up to 35 per cent of the homes would be set aside as affordable housing on the proposed plot in WDC’s Hellingly ward. The homes would be a mix of one to four plus bedroom houses and flats.

The development proposals include business space and a two-form entry primary school providing 420 places.

If the plans are accepted work could begin as early as 2014.

The first homes could be occupied by summer 2015 and the development completed by 2020/21.

The blueprint, which asks for outline planning permission, also details new transport links in response to existing highway issues identified by WDC and East Sussex County Council.

The plans include re-routing the A271 around the proposed estate along Park Road and New Road.

A sound insulation package will be offered to the owners of around 31 homes along Park Road and New Road significantly affected by an increase in noise resulting from the proposal, said Nick Guildford, associate director at planning agents Terrence O’Rouke, which is working for The Fairfield Partnership.

He said: “It will deliver much needed housing (both market and affordable) and a primary school as well as contributing to the local economy through construction jobs, employment floorspace provision and jobs in the proposed school and district centre.

“The scale of development is large enough to contribute a viable new neighbourhood, achieving a suitable mix of development, while supporting local facilities and existing communities.

“It makes the best use of the available land contributing significantly towards the council’s housing requirements (market and affordable), ensuring a continued five year supply of housing.”

He added: “While not a planning issue, it is envisaged that the considerable investment in the comprehensive new neighbourhood, with key community and open space facilities, including a new two-form entry primary school, will enhance property values in the area.”

Plans for a 240 house development to the west of Park Road are being worked on by Hallum Land Management.

A Park Road resident, who wished to stay anonymous, said people were concerned their homes would become an “island” if plans for the second development were lodged and accepted by planners.

The resident said: “We become losers all the way through the process. Our properties will become devalued or worthless because they will be in the middle of two developments and have an A-road passing right outside our properties.

“Developments that could go on for eight years. Who wants to buy a house in the middle of a development.”

“It’s a kick in the teeth for the existing residents that they will have to accept the developments.”

The land comes within the Strategic Development Area of Wealden District Council’s Core Strategy local plan, which was adopted in February and runs until 2027.

A ‘green corridor’ with a minimum width of 14 metres is also on the plans, running east-west through the development.

Residents have until May 4 to comment on the Fairfield Partnership’s plans for the site.

The plans can be found in full by visiting www.planning.wealden.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=121795

The plans are expected to go before the district’s planning committee on May 30.

A HAllum spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that we are presently working up a scheme for circa 240 new homes on a parcel of land to the north of Hailsham. The proposals have yet to be finalised and consequently I can not confirm a likely date for submission of the planning application at this stage.”