There will be a presentation by the architects of the latest building proposals for Watercress Field  – the site at the end of Strand Meadow – on Wednesday 8th January from 2.30 pm until 8 pm in the Parish Room (Internet Café) in The Bear car park, Burwash.

The session is open to all and you can drop in at any time. This will be the first opportunity for Burwash residents to quiz Park Lane Homes on this new set of proposals for 30 homes.

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

If you are unable to attend this session the Parish Council has asked the architects to leave the materials on the presentation so that residents can view and comment on the new proposals at the same venue.

The presentation materials can be viewed in the Parish Room on:

Friday 10th January from 2.30 pm until 8 pm
Saturday 11th January from 10 am until 2 pm
Monday 13th January from 2.30 pm until 8 pm
Residents will be able to comment directly to Rother District Council once the formal planning application for the scheme is submitted. 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.

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. You can read the minutes of that meeting here.


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