Plan for 170 homes is thrown out - again

Ersham Road, Hailsham SUS-140218-123901001
Ersham Road, Hailsham SUS-140218-123901001

A planning application for 170 homes in Hailsham has been refused by Wealden District Council - again.

The application for Oaklands would have seen the homes built at a site off Ersham Road.

The last plan for the site in 2012 was refused by the district council after hundreds of letters of opposition were received.

The applicant Masma Ltd appealed against the decision in 2013 but after a five day hearing the refusal was upheld by the Secretary of State. The applicant then took this to judicial review but the decision was again upheld.

Two months later the applicant put in another planning application in July this year but this was refused on September 8.

The decision documents on the planning application state that the development, which lies outside the development boundary for Hailsham identified in the Wealden Local Plan, is ‘unacceptable’ and ‘unjustified.’

It said the ‘proposed development would have an unduly urbanising effect upon the area which is characterised by its increasingly rural and sylvan feel, through the erection of the proposed residential development and the associated works.’

The decision statement also said the applicant had ‘failed to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority that they could secure the proper provision and delivery of the necessary infrastructure improvements to meet the additional demands generated by the proposed development and to ensure there would be no adverse impacts on the local infrastructure and surrounding High Way network.’

In reaction to the news, campaigners, who were against the development, said they were ‘delighted’ and hoped this would mean the matter ‘was now closed.’

Campaigners had been concerned the development would cause traffic congestion in the area, including the potential increase of traffic exiting Summerhill Lane onto the A22, and the lack of local infrastructure including schools and flooding.