Hailsham holds extraordinary meeting on 9,000 homes plan

Wealden District Council, Hailsham November 5th 2012 E45049N ENGSUS00120130910103848

Wealden District Council, Hailsham November 5th 2012 E45049N ENGSUS00120130910103848

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Hailsham Town Council will hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss plans, which could see more than 9,000 homes built in the town over the next 22 years.

The potential housing growth could see the town double in size and comes as part of a new proposed local plan put out for consultation by Wealden District Council this month.

The proposed plan include commitments to improve the town’s infrastructure before any more homes are built in the area.

Earlier this month town councillors agreed to support plans for improved infrastructure, including roads, schools and healthcare provision, in light of proposed future new housing developments.

Speaking at the time Hailsham Mayor Nigel Coltman said, “The proposal put forward at last night’s Full council meeting is a necessary step towards understanding the needs of the much larger town, which Hailsham will soon become.

“The town’s infrastructure will require substantial investment to accommodate additional residents who will set up home in the town within ten years. Setting up an Action Plan will certainly help make it possible to draw up proposals for developing schemes and raising resources.”

The proposals have met with opposition from several groups within Hailsham, who say the town will suffer from over development.

One group Hailsham Voice has set up an petition calling on Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and MP for Tunbridge Wells, to halt any development until full infrastructure is put in place.

More than 900 people have signed the petition since the plans were announced last month.

The meeting will be held at Hailsham East Community Centre on Tuesday 10th November, 7pm.

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