East Hoathly Village Concerns Blog

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Save East Hoathly from Over Development

A planning application has gone in for 74 houses on farmland behind South Street. This is an increase of over 20% in the number of houses in our village.

View the Planning application at www.planning.wealden.gov.uk Ref WD/2018/1508/MAO.

Village Concerns would like you to object to this Application.

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TV review: The New Builds Are Coming: Battle in the Countryside

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Protecting Wildlife for the Future

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Hesmonds Planning Application – Update

Links to the amendments are at the end of this posting.

We have now studied the documents.  An amendment was submitted on December 1st 2017 regarding the two entrances on London Rd .  The rest of the Application for 205 houses and Ailies Lane remains exactly the same.

The First Amendment to the access arrangements was submitted in Feb 2017 and showed a roundabout access to the main site entrance and the removal of the hedgerow and trees shown in red in the first attachment.  The Second Amendment shows a right turn box and even more hedgerow removal, shown in red in the second attachment

Please find the time to object again to this amendment.  It is important to show that East Hoathly is still strongly against this application.  We have until January 5th 2018 to object (despite the letter saying Dec 22nd 2017 ) but we suggest that you get it done before Christmas.

You can object in 3 ways. Whichever way you choose always quote the Planning application Reference WD/2016/2796/MAO and give your name and address.

  1. Object online at: http://www.planning.wealden.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=136395
  2. E mail: planning@wealden.gov.uk
  3. Write to:

Head of Planning and Environmental Services

Wealden District Council

Vicarage Lane

Hailsham BN27 2AX

Suggested Wording for your Objection – if you have objected before:

My original objection (dated*) to Planning Application WD/2016/2796/MAO still stands.  The amendments submitted on Dec 1st 2017 in no way overcome my original objection. Please do not approve this application.  If you do not know the date just leave this out.

You can if you wish go on to make a more detailed objection regarding the London Rd amendments and some suggestions follow at the end of this email.

Suggested Wording for your Objection – if you have not objected before: If you didn’t make an objection originally then do so now on this amendment.

Environmental

Unnecessary destruction of species rich Verges, Hedges and Trees.  These provide hugely important habitats for a wide range of birds and other animals including Great Crested Newts, which use hedges to transit between sites, and for foraging.

Loss of footpath leading to Weald Way entrance.  The existing narrow footpath alongside Long Pond would be removed.

Destruction of Green Approach to Village.  The curving road with wide green verges, ancient hedgerows and trees with fields beyond provides the setting for the Village Conservation area and Listed Buildings and community nestled within.  The proposal would urbanise this Green Approach and utterly ruin this important feature of our landscape.

Ashdown Forest.  There are no jobs or School places in the Village so most traffic from the new homes would go onto the Bypass adding to congestion and much of it would go through the Ashdown Forest exacerbating the already dangerous pollution levels.

Traffic and Road Safety

Safety Audit.  The proposal for a “Right Turn Pocket” has been identified as likely to lead to rear end shunt style collisions. The times the Safety Audit was carried out were inadequate and did not give realistic traffic flows.

Access Width.  The width of the access roads does not appear to show wide enough access for the largest vehicles which would overhang kerbs and could not pass each other without mounting the pavements or enter oncoming traffic lanes.

East Sussex County Council Highways Objection.  ESCC Highways objected to this application in Feb 2017.  This amendment fails to address their concerns for the London Road access.

Ailies Lane and Waldron Road

The Ailies Lane element and Waldron Road entrance has again been ignored and no traffic analysis or safety audit has been presented.

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The Guardian view on social housing

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WEALDEN LOCAL PLAN: Open Spaces Assessment East Hoathly

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Wealden Local Plan Update – 12 October 2017

Following the Wealden Local Plan update issued on 6 September this note provides
further information on progress with the plan:

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WLP Evidence Base Study 2017 Part 1 and 2: East Hoathly

PART 1:

WEALDEN LOCAL PLAN: LANDSCAPE & ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF POTENTIAL SITES FOR EAST HOATHLY: LANDSCAPE

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PART 2:

WEALDEN LOCAL PLAN: LANDSCAPE & ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF POTENTIAL SITES FOR EAST HOATHLY: ECOLOGICAL

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Javid announces methodology to assess local housing need

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has launched a consultation on the government’s proposals for calculating local housing need as the government looks to deliver measures set out earlier this year in the housing white paper.

Village Concerns Annual General Meeting Summary

Village Concerns had its first AGM on Sept 5th 2017. Despite a rainy night over 20 people attended. Kate Richardson, Chair, gave a recap of the changes in planning policies and Local Plans produced by Wealden District Council, particularly in the last 4 years. She showed how these changes had affected East Hoathly and Halland, in particular in terms of development boundaries and number of houses allocated for future development. After several different allocations, at the moment East Hoathly has an allocation of zero houses and a tightly drawn boundary around existing development, Halland has an allocation of 30 houses and a defined core area.

The number of houses in Wealden as a whole has been reduced because scientific studies have shown that the Ashdown Forest is being damaged by nitrogen oxide gases from car exhausts. As yet it is unclear what the future holds. Wealden are continuing to gather evidence for submission to the delayed draft Local Plan to the Council. No date as yet for this submission.

Agents, such as Parker Dann, have been asked to wait until September 29th 2017, when more information may be available before pursuing determination of their submitted plans whilst WDC move forward with the draft Local Plan. Submitted plans in this location include Hesmonds and Buttsfield Lane for East Hoathly; Bramblebank and Hop Garden for Halland.

Kate Richardson also outlined the work that Village Concerns has been doing since May 2016. From these early beginnings, there is now a Steering Group of 11 members and over 250 supporters. Kate thanked everyone for their hard work.

Things could change again and we need to be ready for this but hopefully there is now a window when both Villages can look positively at planning for their future. The Neighbourhood Plan is well underway – an excellent way forward.

Jonathan Walker then spoke about the Neighbourhood Plan updating us on where the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan is at now. This was added to by Diane Knill, Parish Councillor and Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee who was present.

David Dobbs presented the Treasurers report on what we have had to spend these past 18 months, this primarily being on the Planning Consultant and the Barrister. We had a slideshow to accompany our AGM which included a slide with our finances, up to date.

Kate Richardson was re-elected as the Chair.

Questions were then taken from the floor (discussions followed) which included: The Foresters; informing the villages about updates including on the bus stops (as perhaps very few realise East Hoathly could still be threatened by the potential 205 new homes on Stud land and also perhaps very few are aware of the delay of Wealden’s final Local Plan); and a discussion on any conflicts of interest that could arise between the PC, NP and Village Concerns. Detailed minutes will follow.

Since Village Concerns’ AGM, WDC have issued an update to interested parties, copy attached for those on our email list. It appears that there is more delay for the Local Plan as evidence is not yet ready for submission. We are not sure how this will affect the plans on hold in East Hoathly and Halland. Much will depend on the actions / patience of developers. Maybe we will know more at the end of September.

For those of you reading this poster, if you would like to see the Wealden update referred to above and you are not on our email list, please email us at:   villageconcerns2016@gmail.com  and request the update.

Thank you.