Wivelsfield homes scheme rejected

An application to build 75 new houses in Wivelsfield has been rejected by Lewes District Council following a protest campaign supported by local MP Norman Baker.

The proposal was rejected by the council’s Planning Applications Committee following concerns raised by more than 150 local residents as well as the parish council and the Keep Wivelsfield Green Action Group.

Mr Baker had also previously written to Ed Sheath, Interim Head of Planning at Lewes District Council, highlighting his concerns that similar applications for the site had been refused in the past and it is not land allocated for housing in the Lewes District Plan.

Mr Baker said: “I am very pleased to see that the green spaces around Wivelsfield were preserved.

“This application threatened to undermine the value of the Lewes District Plan as a forward thinking document that protects land across the district from over-development. Wivelsfield parish is being expected to take too large a share of new development within the district.”