Objectors to the plans will meet tonight

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An emergency meeting has been called over plans to build 650 new homes in Hailsham.

Last month, the Fairfield Partnership submitted an application for a major development of the land south of New Road and east of Park Road. Developers also wish to provide up to 300 square metres of retail floorspace and build a new primary school, as well as providing allotments, open space and landscaped areas.

The primary school would provide 420 new places.

The plans have received much opposition from locals and a meeting has been arranged for tonight to discuss the plans with town councillors.

The meeting will take place at 7pm at the Civic Community Hall in Hailsham.

Grant de Jongh, chairman of the North Hailsham and Hellingly Residents Union, has been campaigning against the plans and is urging other residents opposed to the plans to make their views known at the meeting.

He said, “Unfortunately I am not able to attend this meeting, but I strongly encourage as many people as possible to attend. ”

The residents union will be holding a second meeting for people to air their concerns on May 15. It will take place at Emmanuel Church Hall on Hawkswood Road at 8.15pm.

Grant de Jongh said, “We will discuss our response and actions - perhaps another protest.

“ Apart from the unsightly and impractical upset among other issues the presence of this development will bring it also means we would have to endure five to eight years of construction traffic, noise and visual disruption to our lives.

“So please do attend this meeting if you are able and tell neighbours, friends and family.”

The residents union is also planning to put posters up around the town to raise awareness of its campaign against the new homes.

Grant added, “Lets do our best to resist this deeply unwanted destruction of our environment.”

The plans can be seen at http://www.planning.wealden.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=121795. They will go before Wealden planners on May 30.