Green light granted for hundreds of new Hailsham homes

A huge residential development for the north of Hailsham has been given the go-ahead.

Councillors at Thursday’s meeting of Wealden District Council’s Planning South committee voted to grant The Fairfield Partnership outline planning permission for the controversial application.

The blueprint includes 300 square metres of retail floor space, a new primary school, new allotments and landscaped areas and highway works, which include a new link road between Park Road and New Road.

Permission has been granted provided the developer limits itself to 460 residential units.

The developer has been told to give due consideration to feedback from public consultation on the Proposed Submission Strategic Sites Local Plan, which expired yesterday (Monday).

There is also a hefty Section 106 agreement in place.

The developer must:

• provide 40 per cent affordable accommodation as part of the residential part of the plan

• provide a full-serviced 2.3 hectare site for a primary school and early years education facilities

• provide a fully-serviced 2.45 hectare site to accommodate 8,650 square metres of employment space

• provide a 0.08 hectare retail site

• provide a wooded area in the north western corner of the site

• make financial contributions towards maintenance of off-site playing fields, the Community Hall Facility at Hellingly Hospital, improved bus services, primary and secondary school places, library, waste and recycling services.

• Work with Hellingly Parish Council to provide traffic calming for Hellingly village.

For more information, visit Wealden District Council’s website at www.wealden.gov.uk