Ringmer homes must be built despite council refusal

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A scheme to build 110 new homes on land off Bishops Lane, Ringmer looks set to go ahead.

After a lengthy campaign of opposition, residents must now accept Gleeson’s proposal to build one, two, three and four-bedroom homes (40 per cent affordable) on a 4.4 hectares north of Bishops Lane.

The application was first considered by Lewes planners last February and refused in September. Gleesons appealed against their decision on December 18. And objectors’ hopes were finally dashed after members of the council’s planning committee ‘reluctantly’ resolved to accept legal advice not to defend the appeal.

When it was lodged, Sy Morse-Brown, acting chairman of the North Ringmer Residents Group, pointed out the village Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) was being prepared in parallel with the council’s Core Strategy - the blueprint for where new homes and businesses could go. He said: “The NDP designed locations for 240 houses in the village to 2030 in a carefully phased programme to preserve village feel. It included homes on the Bishops Lane site at a later stage. The Gleeson proposal is 50 per cent of the total at the start of the plan period.”

Objectors cited potential flood risk, the inadequacy of local roads, transport, medical and educational facilities. Ringmer Parish Council refused the application as an unsustainable development and ‘a clear contravention of the Neighbourhood Plan’

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