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Park Farm Development

Park Farm Development in Hellingly

To view the Public Consultation Documents please click here.

Please note the deadline for public feedback is 15th October 2019, please go to
www.catesby-parkfarm.co.uk/comment to register your comments regarding this development.

The Wealden new local plan which is presently being examined by a Government appointed planning inspector and which if approved will set the pattern of development in the District for the period to 2027, includes provision to extend the development boundary for Hailsham to take in that part of Hellingly Parish east of the Cuckoo trail, south of Park Wood, and west of Featherbed Lane, and to allocate the area for new housing.

Much of the land – the former Hellingly Hospital (Roebuck Park), the land west of Park Road (Burfield Grange) and south of New Road (Hellingly Green) - has already received planning consents, and either has been, or is presently being, built out – a total when fully complete of 1380 new homes.

The new local plan allocates a further 770 homes on Park Farm, the area between New Road and Roebuck Park and although the plan has not as yet received approval land owners and developers have had discussions with Wealden Planners as to how a development of 770 homes could be brought forward.

Catesby Estates Plc. has presented its proposals to the Parish Council and recently held two public exhibitions – one in the Village Hall and the other in the James West Centre, Hailsham. Residents have until 15 October to send their comments on the proposals to Catesby. Shortly thereafter the company intends to submit a planning application to Wealden Council for an outline approval for a development of 330 homes on the eastern part of the property when residents will have a further opportunity of commenting on the proposals.

In the meantime Catesby has deposited copies of the plans with the Parish Council and these may be viewed on the Parish website www.hellingly-pc.org.uk

We may not like what has happened, or what is about to happen, to our parish but in the present political climate when governments of all political persuasions are determined to build many thousands more new homes some developments are inevitable and, if they are not accepted locally, government will appoint planning inspectors to impose them. Where we do still have a measure of say is in ensuring that the worst effects of development are mitigated and that the community derives as much benefit as possible from any new developments. Better roads, more school places and health facilities, protection for the environment, and improved recreational facilities. Sadly all too often these appear to rank low in the list of priorities and need to be emphasized if development is to be acceptable.