UPDATE: Meeting against housing proposals in Hailsham have been cancelled

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A second meeting to discuss plans to build 650 new homes in Hailsham have been cancelled.

The Fairfield Partnership submitted an application to develop the land south of New Road and east of Park Road last month.

The residents union was due to meet for people to air their concerns in Emmanuel Church Hall on Hawkswood Road at 8.15pm on May 15.

Grant de Jongh, chairman of North Hailsham & Hellingly Residents Union, said: “ With regret due to unforeseeable circumstances the meeting tomorrow 15 May 2013 has been cancelled, we will endeavour to update you with a new date as soon as possible.

The plans are set to go before Wealden planners on May 30. The plans can be seen at http://www.planning.wealden.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=121795.

With regret due to unforeseeable circumstances the meeting tomorrow 15 May 2013 has been cancelled, we will endeavour to update you with a new date asap.

The residents union is also planning to put posters up around the town to raise awareness of its campaign against the new homes.

Developers want to provide up to 300 square metres of retail floorspace and build a new primary school, as well as providing allotments, open space and landscaped areas.

The primary school would provide 420 new places.

The plans have received much opposition from locals and a meeting has been arranged for tonight to discuss the plans with town councillors.

A meeting was held at the Civic Community Hall in Hailsham on May 6.

Mr de Jongh said they have been campaigning against the plans and was urging other residents opposed to the plans to make their views known at the rescheduled meeting.

He said: “I strongly encourage as many people as possible to attend. ”

He added: “Apart from the unsightly and impractical upset among other issues the presence of this development will bring it also means we would have to endure five to eight years of construction traffic, noise and visual disruption to our lives.

“So please do attend this meeting if you are able and tell neighbours, friends and family.

“Lets do our best to resist this deeply unwanted destruction of our environment.”