Developer reveals plans to demolish Horsebridge pub

The White Hart Pub on London Road. Picture copyright Google. SUS-160315-161532001
The White Hart Pub on London Road. Picture copyright Google. SUS-160315-161532001

Residents are voicing concerns after a developer revealed plans to demolish a Horsebridge pub.

Plans to knock down the White Hart pub, near Hellingly Rugby Club on London Road, were submitted to Wealden District Council earlier this month.

Developers say the existing pub is no longer a viable business and want to replace the pub and its carpark with seven new houses.

Residents of Horsebridge and nearby Hailsham have voiced opposition to the plans on social media.

One user, Robert Blunden, said, “That is utterly disgraceful. If enough people are against it, it can be stopped.”

Another, Luke Hyne, said, “The only way to get this refused would be for everyone to object with the planning office.

“Unfortunately, as Hailsham Town Councillors have no vote in planning for Hailsham, then it’s more than likely a lost cause and the only thing that will happen is the plans will be altered slightly.”

The plans could also see developers build on the pub’s car park, which is on the opposite side of the road to the main building.

Steve Murphy said, “The words quart and pint pot come to mind. Here’s an idea, lets get the village and [Hellingly Rugby] club to buy the car park.”

An earlier plan for 18 houses, which was not submitted after pre-application feedback from the council, would have extended the development onto a field behind the pub.

In a feedback letter to the developers, a council officer said the development on the field would ‘result in backland development onto greenfield land that would be both intrusive to the rural setting and incompatible with the current linear development of Lower Horsebridge’.

The council officer also said, “It was observed that The White Hart is still operating as a pub currently. Any formal application would need to robustly make the case to justify the loss of this community facility.

“Subject to this case being made, the site as previously developed land would make it acceptable for a small scale residential development despite the fact that it would not explicitly support existing rural services.”

More information about the plans can be found on the councils’ website.

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