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Save East Hoathly from Over Development

Monday, October 15th, 2018

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.


Hesmonds Planning Application – Update

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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.


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.






WEALDEN LOCAL PLAN: Open Spaces Assessment East Hoathly

Saturday, November 18th, 2017


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

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017







The wholesale urbanisation of East Hoathly

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

The wholesale urbanisation of East Hoathly


Friday, September 9th, 2016

14th March: revised development boundary for East Hoathly

3rd March 2017 Draft Local Plan: new development boundary for East Hoathly

1/ Hesmond Stud – 211 homes

2/ Bradfords – about 140 homes

3/ Destruction of a village

The two plans posted around the village are not alternatives.

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Housing development proposals in East Hoathly are being led by Developers rather than being considered within the context of a strategic plan that carefully evaluates local needs and the capacity of the infrastructure.

Unlike neighbouring authorities, WDC is allowing this to happen. WDC will collect the significant Government ’New Homes Bonuses’ (Double Council Tax for 6 years on every house built).

The Hesmonds and Bradford plans would bring about a fundamental change to the character of the landscape and would threaten the identity of the village of East Hoathly. They set a dangerous precedent and encourage further applications for large, developments in our village and rural areas beyond; effectively a Developers’ ‘free for all’ with no strategic framework.

Protecting the Future of East Hoathly Village

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

If you are concerned about the future of East Hoathly village it is vital you attend the meeting below.
The Public Consultation on Plans for 211 houses on Hesmonds Stud Friday August 12th 2016 3pm till 8pm East Hoathly Village Hall
These plans represent over a 50% increase in the number of homes in East Hoathly. The village has already had over 70 new homes in Juzier and Nightingales with no upgrade in infrastructure. More land has been offered to Wealden District Council (WDC) for development in the village. This could just be the start.
– This will have an impact on every part of the village and change the community forever!
A Public Consultation is a precursor to an Outline Planning Application. Villagers must ask as many questions as possible and make their views known at every stage. Be aware that improved infrastructure and development do not go hand in hand.
We are sure everybody has lots of questions of their own but below are a few issues that could be raised regarding the developer’s awareness and intentions. Will they be doing feasibility reports and consulting service providers on any of these matters before plans are taken further?
– Sewage and surface water are already a problem in the village. What systems are going to be put in place for the new development? Be wary of any plans for Package Treatment Plants for Sewage and Attenuation Ponds for waste water, both have caused problems in other areas.
– Traffic Issues. With our very limited public transport service most households will need at least 2 cars to go to work, shop, and take children to school. 400 more cars on the High Street will cause gridlock
– Electricity and Water Supply. We are subject to frequent Power cuts and some interruptions to the water supply.
– Wild Life. Great Crested Newts are in Long Pond. Habitats in hedgerows, green fields and trees will be destroyed.
– Primary School. Classes in the Village school are full. Where will younger children go to school?
– GPs and Surgery. The surgery is now effectively a branch of the Buxted Surgery. The service available in East Hoathly has been drastically cut back. It is almost impossible to get an appointment in the village.
– Heating New Homes. The village has no natural gas supply. What system will be used? If it is oil, that means more tankers and more oil tanks in gardens.
– What is the time scale for this development? Will it be phased over several years?
– What will the developers be offering the village in terms of improved facilities.
At the moment Wealden District Council Planning, by their own admission, is developer led.
The only chance we have to influence matters is to make our voice heard in large numbers.