New Westham homes refused by planners


Plans to build 18 new homes in Westham have been turned down.

Trinity Homes outlined plans for the project on Peelings Lane at a meeting in the village hall in January after applying for planning permission from Wealden District Council.

The proposals were for 18 new homes on a development to be named The Herons.

The hearing between developers and the Wealden Planning Committee took place on Thursday (September 18).

Planners turned down the proposals because they felt it would be ‘an inappropriate intrusion on the landscape’.

Drainage issues at the site were also cited as a reason for refusal.

The result came as welcome news to some residents

Nick Daines, chairman of the Westham Conservation Group, was against the plans to build on the greenfield site.

He and many others were concerned about the Peelings Lane, the road which runs between Westham and Stone Cross, disappearing.

He added, “This would effectively ruining the last country lane left in the village, damaging its rural character.”

The local Friends of the Earth group also raised concerns about wildlife.

Resident and campaigner Joy Roscoe said she and the other campaigners were ‘overjoyed’ with the decision by planners at Wealden District Council.

She said, “Westham residents are overjoyed that the unwelcome green field development has been refused and look forward to a continual enjoyment of the countryside around Peelings Lane.

“This is great news for the residents of Westham who feel passionately about their beautiful lane and who rose to the challenge in defending their right to keep it safe for future generations to enjoy.

“It demonstrates that when local people are prepared to take appropriate action against unwanted, unnecessary and destructive developments within their community, it can have very positive results.

“The group therefore wishes to thank all of those people.”