Around 700 homes will be built on Hindsland field after Wealden’s Core Strategy was approved.
The district council is the first in East Sussex to approve its Core Strategy, which outlines locations suitable for development.
The strategy was approved at Wealden’s full council meeting on Wednesday (November 28) and Cllr Roy Galley, the cabinet member for planning and development at Wealden District Council, said, “This Core Strategy allows for growth to take place in those locations best suited to new schemes and where it is needed to provide housing and facilities for young people, families and our growing number of older people.
“The aim is to have the right development in the right place,”
However, Polegate and Willingdon residents do not agree Hindsland Field is the right place and have been campaigning for many years to keep it as a playing field for the community.
Cllr Stephen Shing said ”Despite our fight against the proposals, 700 new homes and 8600 square metre of business development will be built on the Hindsland/Morning Mill Farm with provision for a vehicular access to the site via the A2270 Eastbourne Road.
“No alternative plans have been made to replace the abandoned medical centre initially proposed at Towermill Place.
“We are disappointed that the majority of the issues and concerns raised by the local communities and individuals were not fully taken into consideration during the process.”
The site, which is a large green space between Willingdon and Polegate, has been owned by Brighton University for 30 years but has suffered from neglect. It is thought the university wants rid of the field, which will make way for new homes – especially in light of the latest core strategy approval by Wealden last week.