Update on consultations about the latest draft development proposals for Watercress Field

A series of presentations about the latest draft plans to build 30 homes on Watercress Field  – the site at the end of Strand Meadow – were attended by 76 people.

Asked to comment on the plans by developers Park Lane Homes, 68 people completed feedback forms. Two were in favour of the plans while the remainder were against.

A public consultation with the architects of the new scheme was held on Wednesday 8th January  in the Parish Room (Internet Café) in The Bear car park, Burwash. The presentation materials were available to the public in three sessions later that month.

Following extensive local opposition, led by Burwash: Save Our Fields, the previous proposals were rejected unanimously by Rother District Council and, in January 2019, by a planning inspector after an appeal.

Issues raised by residents at the latest sessions included:

  • The housing proposed does not meet local need – it is not social housing and there is not even ‘affordable housing’
  • Accessibility to the village by any method other than by car is challenging
  • Traffic issues in Strand Meadow
  • Traffic issues on Shrub Lane
  • Concerns about impact on residents of Rother View
  • Impact on the AONB
  • The house designs are ‘suburban’ rather than rural
  • The site is overdeveloped
  • Steepness of the site
  • Ground Water present at the site

The feedback has been shared with the architects as agreed.

76 people attended the sessions with the largest number being 46 on the Wednesday where the architects were in attendance. The developers were not represented at any of the sessions.

Many residents have been concerned about the lack of materials available. The Parish Council has been in contact with the architects about obtaining an electronic copy of the Pre-Application Enquiry Supporting Document but have had no response. Extra copies have now been printed off for residents to view either at the Internet Café or the Parish Council Office.

Residents will be able to comment directly to Rother District Council once the formal planning application for the scheme is submitted. This is expected soon. The Parish Council has resolved that it will consider the application at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM).

For those interested in the sorts of standards expected for new developments in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you can click on the High Weald Joint Advisory Committee design guide here.

The latest Park Lane proposal is for 28 houses and 2 flats. There will be 22 three-bedroom houses, seven properties with two bedrooms and one single-bedroom flat.

None of the proposed housing will be ‘affordable’ according to the government’s definition of 80% of the market price.

The architects have said that all the proposed developments will be two-storey and set lower in the site than previous proposals.

Burwash Save Our Fields have already drafted a response to the proposals. Click here for details.

Click here for more background.

There remains outline planning permission for 30 houses on the site. To see a pdf overview of the new plans click here.

On the 26th November the architects presented the initial new set of plans to the Planning Committee of Burwash Parish Council. You can read the minutes of that meeting here.


Get your tickets for Burwash Panto now!

Tickets for Burwash Panto’s production of Beauty and the Beast are on sale now. You can book your seats for this wonderful family show online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/baps or head to the Box Office at The Internet Cafe in The Bear Car, Burwash. The Internet Cafe is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10 am and 1 pm.

There are shows on February 8, 9, 14 and 15. The matinee on Sunday, February 9 is an opportunity for younger members of the audience to dress up as their favourite character.

Burwash Panto has been staging annual shows for 30 years to support children’s groups and organisations across our amazing three-village community.

Sussex Lund grants

Grants available for improving your local landscape

Do you have an idea for a local environmental project?

Sussex Lund grants of up to £10,000 are available for small, practical projects that improve the landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The High Weald team is looking for project ideas from community groups, schools, town & parish councils and non-profit organisations that aim to:

  • Improve wildlife habitatsg. creating and restoring ponds and wetland, wildflower meadows or woodland and hedges, and removing non-native plants e.g. rhododendron and leylandii.
  • Improve scenic beautyg. planting street trees, removing or screening eyesores and replacing ‘hard’, man-made boundaries with softer, natural boundaries.
  • Improve accessg. creating new access points to green spaces, replacing stiles with gates, adding paths or boardwalks to prevent trampling of habitats.

Match funding is not always necessary and anyone can submit a project, including private landowners and businesses. This year, national charity Plantlife is working with the programme, offering free advice and support for wildflower meadow projects.

The grants scheme was created by High Weald residents Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and is administered by the High Weald AONB Partnership with Lund Trust.

If you have a project idea, contact the High Weald AONB team for advice on:
01424 723011 or email sussexlund@highweald.org.More information at: www.highweald.org/sussexlund

Closing date for 2020 grant applications is 2 March – get in touch before Christmas to book a free site visit from one of our Land Management Advisers early next year.


Sign up now for the new Burwash E-Bulletin!

The E-Bulletin will officially launch on the 9th December but you can sign up now!

Burwash Parish Council is excited to announce the launch of the Burwash E-Bulletin. Following the success the Etchingham E-Bulletin has had we have decided it would be a great idea to launch the same concept across our three villages. The E-Bulletin will be emailed every few days or when there are items of interest to share which will include: news, events, items for sale or to give away, local services and anything else that could be of interest to our residents. Etchingham have even had success at finding lost sheep through theirs so who knows what you might find in your inbox! We hope this will be a valuable addition to village life and will complement the existing Burwash Community Action Group facebook page.

Halina Keep has kindly volunteered to be the E-Bulletin editor. We will be launching our first edition on the 9th December.

Halina Keep, Editor
Burwash E-Bulletin

You can sign up already by clicking here. You will be asked to fill in your name and email address which is all securely managed through Mailchimp.

Once signed up you will start to receive an email every few days, or when there are items of interest to share with the community.

If you have something you would like included in the E-Bulletin then we’d love to hear from you. Please send the text and any images or files to Halina at burwashebulletin@gmail.com.

Progress update on Rectory Court – Shared Equity homes now available in Burwash High Street

The redevelopment of Rectory Court in Burwash is getting close to completion. Optivo Housing Association has reported that the four shared equity homes for sale on the High Street have been handed over by the builder and are now being marketed. One home has already been reserved.

The flats for affordable rent being built to the rear of the site are scheduled to be complete by January 23. Progress has been delayed by the poor weather.

To apply for one of the tenancies, would-be residents will first need to register with Rother District Council.

Click here for Optivo’s latest progress report.

For more details on development issues in Burwash Parish, click here.

New Burwash 2020 Calendar available now

The new Burwash 2020 calendar is now available, packed with stunning images of  iconic homes and aspects in our beautiful parish.

All profits from sales will go to the Burwash Village Hall Windows Appeal. The A4 version costs £7 and a “skinny” narrow edition costs £5.

You can buy them from Burwash Village Stores, The Flower House, Chaplin’s hairdressers, Jarvis the butchers and the Rose and Crown pub.

All the photographs in the calendar were taken by local resident Thilo Kork, who has also produced a series of postcards of the parish which have been sold in aid of the windows appeal.



Update – 20mph speed limit in Burwash Village

Dozens of residents of Burwash Parish attended a drop-in session at Burwash Village Hall to review and comment on Parish Council plans for a 20mph speed limit zone in Burwash Village.

Parish Councillors joined residents to view the plans for the 20mph limit and village gateways; the proposed removal of the 40 mph limit at the west end of the village going out towards the BP garage; and the extension of the 30mph zone out to the 50 mph start point.

For a map of the 20 mph plan, click here.

The traffic calming measures are part of the Parish Council’s Traffic Strategy, which has been developed in the last year and can be found here.

To establish whether the reduced speed limit was going to work for Burwash, the Council commissioned an independent traffic feasibility study earlier this year, and sought advice from East Sussex County Council’s road safety team.

Subsequently, data from automatic traffic count speed tests at the east and western end of the village satisfied East Sussex County Council Highways that the introduction of a 20mph limit through Burwash village was feasible.

The plan is on display on the Parish Council notice board alongside the path to Fairfield Surgery and at the Internet Cafe.

Comments on the scheme should be sent to the Parish Council by Friday 11th October at info@burwashparish.org.uk or via the red post box outside the Internet Cafe.

Pocket map version of the new Burwash tourist guide now available

A handy paper pocket-size version of the new Burwash Tourist Map will be available from the end of September at local outlets, priced £1. The maps have been produced as part of the Parish Council’s drive to encourage more of the many visitors to Bateman’s to also explore our beautiful village. It is hoped that the additional footfall will help sustain our local businesses.
The full-size map has been installed in the bus shelter in Burwash High Street and outside Bateman’s.
The maps feature details of the most historic and iconic buildings in the High Street and are part of a jointly-funded project between the Parish Council and the National Trust, which also provided the brown tourist signage on the A265.
Special thanks go to Altered Images for preparing the maps, Steve Payne for his work on the installation and Burwash artist Graham Sendall for allowing use of his artwork of most of the sites featured on the map.

Wanted: Administrator for Burwash Parish Council

Burwash Parish Council is working with the community to improve our neighbourhood and is looking for an administrator to work 15 hours a week to help keep it running smoothly.

It’s a varied job – you’ll be writing letters, liaising with contractors, setting up project meetings, assisting at local events, dealing with phone calls and taking enquiries from residents.

We need a good organiser and communicator with computer and budgeting skills – someone who is used to prioritising workloads, problem solving and using their own initiative. The role is based at Burwash Parish Office.

Click here for a full job description.

To apply, please email to Councillor Steve Moore, Vice-Chair Burwash Parish Council, art cllr.steve.moore@burwashpc.org.uk with a CV and covering letter.