Residents’ fury at Ersham Farm development go-ahead in Hailsham

Residents have fought long and hard against the development plans for Ersham Farm. Photo: Thomas Dagleish.
Residents have fought long and hard against the development plans for Ersham Farm. Photo: Thomas Dagleish.

WEALDEN planners gave the go-ahead for 35 homes on precious farmland in Hailsham - in front of 150 extremely angry residents.

Ersham Farm in Ersham Road looks set for a new development by WE Vine Trust following the decision by Wealden District Council’s planning committee south yesterday, August 16.

Residents have previously organised themselves into a campaign group arguing the site was precious farmland.

County Cllr Roger Thomas, representing Hailsham and Herstmonceux, said the district council meeting was ‘packed’.

He told the Sussex Express: “The public were very annoyed with councilors who voted for the Ersham Farm development

“The names of the councillors who passed it should be shown with photographs

“This goes against the National Planning Policy Framework that demands that the local public should be listened to.

He added: “Democracy was undermined at this meeting that was very badly chaired.”

Ross Hollister, lead resident campaigner against the Ersham Farm development, was upset at the decision.

He pledged that the fight against other unwanted house building plans on other sites in the town would continue.

Mr Hollister said: “The campaign will continue now on a broader front. There are other specific campaigns forming regarding other developments in Hailsham and we may well join forces. - A war not just a battle.”

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