Government Planning Reforms and Burwash Parish Council’s response

Updated 10 Nov 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government recently issued three consultations on reform of the planning system. The consultation deadlines have now come to an end.
The Parish Council has looked at each Consultation in detail and formulated a response.

Click on each consultation link below to find out more.

The White Paper: Planning for the Future
Deadline for comments was 29th October 2020

See the Parish Council’s response to The White Paper: Planning for the Future

Transparency and Competition a Call for Evidence on Data on Land Control
Deadline for comments was 30th October 2020

See the Parish Council’s response to Transparency and Competition a Call for Evidence on Data on Land Control

Changes to the current planning system
Deadline was 1st October

See the Parish Council’s response to Changes to the current planning system.

The Parish Council has made a formal response on behalf of the Parish to consultations which have been submitted separately via NALC (National Association of Local Councils) and the answers have also been entered directly into the online Government Survey. If you would like to see the Parish Council’s response please click on the link under each heading above. These have also been copied to MP Huw Merriman.

A combined working party made up of local Parish Councils, including Burwash and the local pressure group Save Our Fields is also looking at ways to respond to these consultations by approaching MPs and other ways to get the public’s opinion heard. If you would like to look at what Save Our Fields is doing then please visit their separate website. They have also created a micro site which makes it easy for you to locate and contact your local MP.


Yellow Lines Survey – please complete by 30th June

We need your views on the current layout of the yellow lines in Burwash Village!

Please complete the yellow lines Survey by the 30th June.

Click here for maps and here for a video of current yellow line layout.

Click here to complete the survey.

Thank you for taking the time to tell us your views. They are important to us.

Opportunity to be heard: Tell us your view on the current layout of yellow lines. The Parish Council is working hard to improve safety relating to traffic and transport across the parish.

Three initiatives are currently in progress: • Introduction of 20mph and associated safety measures • Negotiations with Rother District Council re the transfer of ownership of the main car park in Burwash Village • Review of parking restrictions and yellow lines.

The views of local residents are now needed for the post implementation review of the Traffic Regulation Order which introduced the current yellow line layout in Burwash Village.

“A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is a legal order made by a Local Authority which manages the behaviour of all road users. Once a TRO and its associated scheme are in place it is tempting to forget about it and move onto the next scheme. However, post-implementation reviews are not only best practice but are often set out as part of the scheme. There are many ways of evaluating the success of a scheme but postimplementation feedback from consultees, objectors and elected members is a good place to start. Public consultation There is an opportunity if required to review the proposed design in the light of the feedback received. Minor adjustments at this point can avoid formal objections to the Notice of Proposals, or even a public inquiry.” The British Parking Association [BPA] Traffic Regulation Orders Guide.

The Parish Council is keen to ensure their recommendations to this review reflect the views of local residents. This is your opportunity to tell us what you think about current yellow line parking restrictions.

We welcome your feedback by 30th June. We will consider your views at the full council meeting on 14th July and make recommendations to the Transport Authority soon after.

Click here for maps and here for a video of current yellow line layout.

Click here to complete the survey

Thank you for taking the time to tell us your views. They are important to us.

N.B. Please also watch out for our next consultations re options for the introduction of 20MPH in Burwash Village.
Cllr Declan O’Neill

Chair Traffic and Transport Working Group


Pre-Application Land at Glebe House

(Updated 17 April) Please read below for how to join the online meeting. Meeting codes are now available.

A pre-application has been made to Rother District Council in relation to building 22 new homes on land at Glebe House. This site is just outside the village development boundary on the south side of the A265, after Rectory Close, travelling towards Etchingham. 

 Rother District Council suggested the developer contact the Parish Council regarding the inclusion of the site as a housing allocation in the Neighbourhood Plan. This site was previously considered and rejected by Rother District Council in the 2013 SHLAA (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment).  

 The site was put forward in the Neighbourhood Plan call for sites in 2018 but no one representing the site attended the assessment meeting. That process has been completed.  

 The Parish Council have now received ‘concept’ drawings and an indicative layout. These are being made available to the public at this early stage. Click on the links below to view these documents. Update (17/4) presentation for Tuesday evening added below.

Glebe House Neighbourhood Plan Submission

Glebe House Site Plan 1

Glebe House Site Plan 2

Glebe House Site Plan 3

Glebe House Burwash 21.4.20 presentation

 The Parish Council has the opportunity to formally assess the site and will evaluate it on merit. 

 Due to the coronavirus the Parish Council is not meeting in person but by virtual meetings. The developer has agreed to attend an online meeting where there will be a presentation to committee of the plans and we can find out more about their ideas. This online meeting will take place on Tuesday 21st April at 6.30pm. The Agenda can be viewed here The pdf of the powerpoint presentation to be used on Tuesday evening can be viewed here or by clicking on the document links above. 

How to join the online meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting

 Meeting ID: 991 0396 6982

Meeting Etiquette

When you access the meeting you will automatically be muted.

Please can you remain muted to avoid background noise unless you need to say something at the allocated time. After the presentation of the Glebe House site proposed plans there will be opportunity for you to ask questions/ make comments. If you would like to speak at the allocated time we ask that you show your hand and wait for the Chair to acknowledge you before speaking. We ask that throughout the presentation everyone remain silent and muted to facilitate an efficient online meeting.

The meeting will be opened at 6.15pm to allow everyone to log on and then we shall begin at 6.30pm. Please make sure you are logged on and ready for 6.30pm so there are no delays.

The meeting will be used for fact finding with opportunity after the presentation for both councillors and public to ask questions. The intention is to organise a fully fledged consultation after lockdown when meetings have returned to normal.

 If you have questions, comments or areas you wish to have explored please let us know. Please contact the Chair of the Planning Committee, Cllr Nick Moore at the following email address: 

 We will keep you updated each time we receive more news.