Why wasn’t Stone Cross and Polegate plan better publicised?

A DEVELOPMENT plan which could see hundreds of homes be built in the Stone Cross and Polegate area has not been properly publicised by Wealden District Council, according to a local resident and parish councillor.

The district council is currently consulting on the Strategic Sites Development Plan which outlines possible sites for new homes across the district.

The plan includes 650 new homes on land north, east and south-east of Stone Cross.

It also outlines the possibility of 700 new homes, 8,600 square metres of employment space and appropriate leisure and recreation facilities on land to the south-east of Polegate town centre directly to the east of Eastbourne Road (A2270) and to the west of the railway line.

Land to the North of Hailsham, in the parish of Hellingly, and south of Hellingly Hospital has also been labelled for 700 new homes, 8,650 square metres of new employment space and community facilities including 300 square metres of retail space.

The plans also suggest 600 homes for land east of Hailsham to the south of Amberstone Road and to the east of Battle Road.

The Strategic Sites Development Plan Document is part of the council’s Local Development Framework and residents have until 5pm on February 24 to comment on the document.

Terry Comerford, who lives in Stone Cross and is a parish councillor, says public notices for the consultation have been placed in the Sussex Express and East Sussex Courier, but not here in the Herald.

Mr Comerford said, “In this area the local paper is the Herald and that is what people read.

“Because Wealden has not put the notice in the Herald, no-one would know about the plans other than myself and the others on the parish council.

“It should be advertised by Wealden District Council in the Herald.”

A spokesperson from Wealden said it had selected a newspaper in the north and south of the district in order to keep costs down.

The spokesperson added, “We have put up posters in local shops and post offices in Stone Cross and Pevensey as we are keen for as many people as possible to take part.”

The council is also holding a consultation session at Polegate Community Centre on February 11 between 10am and 1pm.

Residents will be able to view the plans and ask questions.

To view the Strategic Sites Development Plan and comment on its content visit www.wealden.gov.uk and search for Strategic Sites Development Plan.