East Hoathly Village Concerns Blog

lots of acronyms – please see categories: Abbreviations

The Root of all Evil

Some Background

In the 1998 Local Plan, Wealden District Council (WDC) wrote:

”’The District Council aims to maintain and enhance the role of East Hoathly as a local service and employment centre, whilst at the same time protecting its character and rural setting.”’

”’In order to conserve the rural character and setting of East Hoathly, it is important to prevent over-development and its outward encroachment into the surrounding open countryside.”’

  • In the South East Plan Core Strategy (2013 ten year plan) East Hoathly had no allocation of extra houses.
  • In 2015, an allocation of 190 was made whilst acknowledging that this would be a problematic 50% growth.
  • In a new South East Plan currently being processed (based on the Government’s accelerated building plan to meet OAHN-Objectively Assessed Housing Need), WDC is seeking offers from Landowners to bring the total number of houses to well over 190.

The Root of our Current Crisis

Take a look at the letter from the Hesmond Stud solicitor to WDC, sent 2nd Dec 2015. In the Parish Council meeting of 26th Sept 2016 our councillors stated that they had never seen the letter before.

  • This letter fails to recognise the intrinsic character and beauty of our countryside, the need to conserve and enhance the natural environment and to reuse land that has previously been developed.
  • This scale of exploitation of greenfield sites in our open countryside would result in the loss of best and most versatile agricultural and stud land.
  • The developments would cause harm by the significant adverse visual and landscape character impact on the area of the development sites and their surrounding valued landscape.
  • Such a scale of development could not take place without having a severe impact on the existing highway network and will not conform to the Government’s strategic objectives to reduce congestion, inconvenience and hazards on the local highway network.

Please take a look at my highlights in the 3rd paragraph on the 1st page and then the 3rd paragraph in the section ‘South East’.

If you agree with me that the wording is deceitful and designed to mislead WDC then please ask our PC to write to WDC to correct these exaggerations.