East Hoathly Village Concerns Blog

lots of acronyms – please see categories: Abbreviations

Archive for the ‘What are we doing?’ Category

Wealden candidates’ views on Planning and Development issues.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Village concerns has sent a letter regarding Planning issues to all Parliamentary party candidates for Wealden. The replies we have received so far are found here.

liberal-democrats-ppc-for-wealden-answers-questions-from-village-concerns

green-party-ppc-for-wealden-answers-questions-from-village-concerns

Village Concerns is not promoting any particular party but we are interested in candidates’ views on Planning and Development issues.

Below are links to the list of candidates and their agents in case you wish to make further enquiries.

http://www.wealden.gov.uk/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.aspx?lID=22178&sID=610

http://www.wealden.gov.uk/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.aspx?lID=22180&sID=610

All 4 Better Development – White Paper response

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
The Government’s Housing White Paper is now out for consultation.
It’s important as many groups and individuals respond, to show why it needs to do MUCH more to protect the UK’s natural environment.
You can read the Housing White Paper here:  www.gov.uk/government/collections/housing-white-paper .
And you can take part in the consultation here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QLLWWSS until 2nd May.
What you may wish to say:
– The Housing White Paper provides no proof of a housing crisis
– The measures to ‘strengthen’ Neighbourhood Planning provide nothing which will prevent developers riding roughshod over communities. Emerging plans must be an overriding consideration in planning.
– Local authorities will face further punishment if below 85% of the housing approved isn’t built. So if developers fail to build, a local authority’s housing target will go up by 20%. This is clearly wrong.
– There are no strong measures to incentivise building on brownfield. Brownfield must be the first option.
– The presumption in favour of sustainable development must be removed.
– There must be a community right of appeal.
This is what I wrote about the White Paper at the time:
and here was my reponse to the Government’s response to our petition:
And keep pushing the petition!
Adam

All For Better Development or All4 BD

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Village Concerns has signed up to support a group called All For Better Development or All4 BD.  The Group was set up by Adam Zerny an independent Councillor in Bedfordshire.  The group shares many of our concerns and is gathering support from similar groups all over the country.  They have petitioned parliament to get the matter debated.  We ask you to consider signing “This petition calls for a parliamentary debate on government Housing and Planning policy over building on greenfield land and seeks community right of appeal on planning decisions and the removal of the presumption in favour of sustainable development.” at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/177333  They currently have nearly 21,000 signatures and are keen to move up the list.  They issue regular bulletins of their progress which we are monitoring and will pass on important updates to you through our VC Updates but please help by signing the petition.  They are planning to organise a march on parliament and a “hands around green spaces” protest.  If you want to get more involved with their activities then you can check the Facebook page All4BetterDevelopment

What we have done

Friday, September 9th, 2016

March 2017 Please let us know about your use of the Ashdown Forest (e.g. leisure / travelling to work). Complete the survey and return to villageconcerns2016@gmail.com

March 2017 Planning Meetings at WDC Hailsham to propose new Local Plan – see postings

Feb 2017 Meeting with our new Acting Ward Councillor to discuss Hesmonds and Buttsfield Lane applications

Jan 2017 Nus Ghani MP accepts our invitation and visits our village

Dec 2016 Objections to the WDC SA for – Hesmonds Stud

Dec 2016 Village Concerns Surgeries for Hesmond Planning Application

Nov 2016 We have employed the services of a Planning Consultant. Please note funding appeal on this blog.

Nov 2016 Village Concerns member Katherine Gutkind presented our Petitions to the Full Wealden Council Meeting on Wed Nov 23rd. View Webcast.

Nov 2016 Response to letter sent to Nus Ghani MP

Nov 2016 Response to letter sent to Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

Nov 2016 Press Release 3

26092016 School Report to PC meeting 26th Sept 2016

28092016 Reports from SE Water and UK Power Networks

26092016 Petition Contact List

……….You can always express your views directly to this list of District Councillors and MPs

12092016 Start of Traffic Survey at East Hoathly Village Corner

12092016 Village Concerns raises banner in East Hoathly

11092016 Village Concerns kicks off petitions:

……….1. door to door

……….2. online

09092016 Nus Ghani Hailsham Surgery

03092016 Buxted Health Care

02092016 Nus Ghani Uckfield FM

Sept 2016 Press Release 2

August 2016 Call to Public Consultation

June 2016 Press Release 1

What you can do

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Village Concerns will seek to take advantage of the knowledge and views of local residents and other stakeholders to try and ensure any development is delivered in a most advantageous way for the villages. .

What emerges as WDC’s( Wealden District Council ) current preferred option is 190 houses for East Hoathly (50% growth) and 30 houses for Halland (23% growth). But beware: right now, Land owners have an opportunity to offer land for development by themselves or to sell on to developers. Vast profits are involved.

Wealden does not yet have a local plan or a 5year land supply so it would be difficult for Wealden to turn down a Planning Application at this stage. The numbers for new houses may grow.

Attached are sites offered in East Hoathly and Halland (coloured in green). They are currently being assessed by WDC and may or not be accepted for development.

What can you do now?

1) If you want to be more proactive in the group E mail villageconcern2016@gmail.com

2) Keep informed and be aware of alternative views. Here is a response on the WLP from CPRE:

http://www.cpresussex.org.uk/news/news-from-sussex-districts/wealden/item/2651-response-to-wealden-local-plan

Also Attached is the Power Point presentation given by the CPRE

3): Make your opinions known on this unprecedented. over-development to key players in Parish Council, WDC, Government. Note Parish Council are only consultees, not policy makers. This is top down Policy.

See attached useful contacts

4) Log any existing problems with infrastructure. Schools, Doctors, Utilities, Traffic in the villages (Take photos), commuting traffic.

5) Note any wildlife issues

6) Tell other people what is happening. A lot of people are still unaware.

7) Follow the discussions of the Wealden  Local Plan sub committee .

http://council.wealden.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CId=534&Year=0

8) Sign the petition “Save East Hoathly from Over Development”

http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-east-hoathly-from-over-development

Thank you!

 

Nus Ghani,MP, questioned on radio Uckfield

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

The Question:

“””

Wealden District Council has no 5 year land supply plan and no finalised Local Plan (unlike neighbouring authorities). Until these plans are submitted to Government, Developers have free rein to grab land in Wealden villages for house building. How did WDC get into this mess!

Our beautiful Wealden villages are being destroyed for commercial exploitation!
Has Nus Ghani made representation yet to Sajid Javid to limit the ransacking of our countryside?
“””
The email was used in the interview with Nus Ghani (was broadcast at about 10.40am on Fri 2nd Sept)). She didn’t answer the questions but the interviewer did put all the points to her over a period of about 7 minutes: she just talked about village schools being under used and local businesses finding it hard to find staff; she made no comment about WDC.
She did concede that she had not discussed Wealden planning issues with the Secretary of State for Communities (Sajid Javid). She said that a group of MPs in the South were meeting now to discuss infrastructure problems.

A letter to Nus Ghani, MP

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

As you are aware there are several concerns about the proposed development in East Hoathly.

I quote from an E mail you sent to a villager.

“ The Wealden Local Plan will look to provide housing in a way that maintains the character of villages  and towns and where key decisions are taken locally”

I also quote from the meetins of the Wealden Local Plan Sub Committee Aril 20th 2016

Ann Newton Chair ” Given the significant number of houses we are being required to build it is important that infrastructure is delivered with the housing.”

I presume she means required by the Government.

Bob Standly Vice Chair “We need to ensure the process is plan led and not developer lead”.

These are fine words but very different from what is happening on the ground.

We had a consultation with Parker Dann on August 12th re proposed 211 houses on Hesmonds Stud.

A 50% increase in houses in the village.

The consultation was ill prepared and profoundly worrying in the response from Parker Dann. . Parker Dann oozed confidence that their application would be approved by Wealden District Council, their agent saying it did not matter if there were a 1000 objections and a Planning Officer had already approved it. I list my concerns reported back to me by villagers  below.

1) Four Representatives, no name plates. A case of find the agent for the many people who attended despite the meeting being held  in the holiday season.

2) No introductory talk

3) A few boards with some CAD designs showing no sensitivity to the rural environment.

4) An architect who was unaware that the village has no natural gas supply.

5) No plans in place for Sewage treatment. A major issue already for the village infrastructure

6) Waste Water dealt with by Attenuation ponds. Responibility for these could be for residents in perpetuity.

7) When asked where the new residents of 211 houses would work the facetious response by the agent was “ The Village hairdressers.“ The same agent said development could go ahead in East Hoathly instead of other villages because it had a Hairdressers.

Villagers came away from this consultation feeling there was no hope, the developers had it all sown up.

It will go ahead regardless of all the infrastructure problems and our views unless you and WDC get together and address the problems of why we are in this situation. It goes against ever thing you are both saying . Stop passing the buck between you. Already many inappropriate applications in Wealden have gone through for fear of expensive appeals not Planning Grounds.

I again quote from the meeting of local Plan meeting  April 26th

Cllr Ann Newton has been given a mandate to “robustly raise”a number of concerns with the Secretary of State Greg Clark. These include  the significant amount of additional houses Wealden is expected to deliver , how the infrastructure will be funded and the way the current rules leave the Council vunerable to speculative development .

I realise Greg   Clark had now been replaced by Sajid Javid as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

As far as I know no meeting has taken place. You, as our elected representative in Parliament could hasten this meeting.

Your constituency Wealden is at the mercy of speculative developers. It is your responsibility to do something about it.

It would be very helpful if you could visit our village to fully understand the problems for the village these changes will bring. There are already plans for yet another 200 houses in the pipe line. This is an important issue and cannot be passed back to Wealden.