Campaigners ‘amazed’ at planning application for Hailsham

The new application site for Ersham Road, Hailsham
The new application site for Ersham Road, Hailsham
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New plans have been submitted to build houses on land known as ‘Oaklands’ to the south of Hailsham.

Previous applications have been refused for the land at Ersham Road and the last one, made in 2012, to build 190 dwellings was refused by the local Planning Department after hundreds of letters of opposition were received.

The applicant, Masma Ltd of St Albans, appealed against the decision in 2013, but after a five-day hearing the refusal was upheld by the Secretary of State.

The applicant then took this to judicial review and residents were delighted to hear in April this year that the decision was again upheld.

Campaigners were amazed when the new application was submitted just a few months later

The new application, for a 170 homes residential development, including enhanced junction and access arrangements at Ersham Road/Coldthorn Lane, is being discussed by Hailsham Town Council on July 15 at 7pm.

Residents can give their views during the first 15 minutes of the meeting at the Town Council Offices in Market Square and a big crowd is expected,

Neighbours, who have been given leaflets by Save Ersham Farm campaigners, have until July 10 to comment and others until July 25.

To comment online go to and search for WD/2014/1226/MAO or you can email quoting the same code.

For the full story, see the Hailsham edition of the Sussex Express on Friday.