Architects have approached Burwash Parish Council to discuss new proposals for development of the Watercress Field/Strand Meadow site. The proposals will be presented to the Parish Council Planning Committee on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the Parish Rooms (Internet Café) in the Bear car park.

The actual proposals have not yet been revealed. The architects involved have declined to send them in advance of the meeting and no planning application has yet been submitted. However an application is likely to be submitted soon.

What is known is that there will be a proposal 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.

The previous detailed proposals were rejected by Rother Council Planning Committee unanimously. There were hundreds of local objections, an active campaign led by Burwash: Save Our Fields and opposition from the Parish Council. This decision was appealed by the developer but dismissed by an inspector. Click here for more background.

However there remains outline planning permission for 30 houses on the site.

The Parish Council agreed at its meeting on November 12, 2019, to ask the developers to provide an exhibition of the proposals for local residents and that there should be full public consultation including a public meeting.

Updates on progress will be posted on this website.

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