More than 1,000 sign petition against developing Hailsham

Wealden district council offices, Hailsham SUS-141012-133210001
Wealden district council offices, Hailsham SUS-141012-133210001

More than 1,000 residents of Hailsham have signed a petition calling for on the Government to prevent any further development in the town.

The petition – set up by community group Hailsham Voice – calls on the Local Government Secretary Greg Clark to halt any further outline planning permission in the town until new infrastructure is built.

The petition has gained widespread support in recent months following new Local Plan proposals from Wealden District Council, which could see more than 9,000 new homes built in the town by 2037.

Details of the proposed plans will be on show at a exhibition in Hailsham Civic Centre from 10am to 2pm tomorrow (October 31).

A spokeswoman for Hailsham Voice said, “We are delighted with the response and interest the petition has generated. It shows people care about their community and its future.

“We will be at the consultation exhibition tomorrow and people can find us outside the venue to sign the petition.”

Overall the district council aims to allow 12,750 houses to be built in the area by 2037 – more than required under the current Government guidance – as a way to ensure development only happens in areas the council believes to be sustainable.

Around 2,300 of the new houses are designed to make up for the shortfall in housing from neighbouring councils, mainly for Eastbourne Borough Council.

The proposed plans also include moves to improve the roads, shopping centres and other infrastructure around the district as more houses are built.

Any large scale development is unlikely to take place in Hailsham and south Wealden until this infrastructure is in place.

This includes changes to local water treatment works, which are not expected to be completed until 2022.

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