Latest News & Parish Events


Latest Update: 17 January 2019

Rother District Council planning committee has unanimously REFUSED the application for this housing development, despite the fact that Rother's own planning officers had supported the application. 

The committee rejected the application on the basis of the development's poor design, which members said was uncomplimentary to the rural setting, the character of Burwash and the AONB status of the area.  The design was also judged highly inaccessible due to the number of steps throughout the properties, particularly for people using prams or in wheelchairs. 

The committee also cited the lack of clarity and agreement around the developer's arrangements to meet their Section 106 commitments in relation to factors such as the proposed footpaths, the suitability of the proposed ‘Parish Land’ for recreational or allotment usage, ecological and agricultural issues and Rother’s own ‘review mechanism of the costs and values’.

At the meeting, there was much talk about the developer's lack of engagement with the community and the Parish Council. 

Mr Robert Banks spoke on behalf of residents of Strand Meadow, the Save our Fields group and the Parish Council.  He clearly outlined the numerous issues with the site itself and gave detailed reasons why the application should be refused, including the problems with the proposed design.

Rother Councillor Eleanor Kirby-Green highlighted the site’s lack of viability and the fact that the Parish Council had continuously rejected the application. 


Nearly 500 objections to the scheme were received by RDC. RDC planning officers had recommended the development in full to the Planning Committee,with a ‘later stage’ S106 which would have meant that the development would be reviewed once 50% of the houses had been sold to see what price they actually went for.  RDC officers were accepting the full loss of the affordable housing on this condition. 

Click here for the full report from Rother Officers.

The full planning application documents can be found at: RR/2018/1787/P

Over 60 parishioners attended a Parish Council EGM in August 2018 to express their views on the new plans for the proposed Strand Meadow housing development. For further details, please Click Here.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Temporary Road Closures


231 Uckfield-Framfield-Blackboys-Heathfield-Broad Oak-Burwash-Etchingham

The current service from Uckfield to Etchingham Station, starting at 17:15 and 17:50 are being withdrawn, to be replaced by one service starting at 17:35. From 7 January, the current 17:00 and 18:03 services from Etchingham Station will be replaced by services leaving at 16:45 and 18:20.

PLEASE NOTE: The 18:20 journey will run only as far as Heathfield. The last bus from Heathfield Fire Station to Uckfield will be at 17:10.

Click  HERE for details of these and other changes.


Denton Homes pulled out of their appeal against Rother District Council's refusal to grant planning permission for 42 houses on land off Shrub Lane in Burwash village. The appeal was due to be heard this January and Burwash Parish Council, local residents and the Save Our Fields From Concrete campaign group were united in activity to thwart the development.

The company's explanation: "Since the determination of the original application and the lodging of the appeal, our research has shown that appeals involving landscape are increasingly being dismissed" gives ammunition to local campaigners striving to keep unsuitable developments off AONB land. 

Denton Homes also criticised the eight days set aside for the enquiry. It was, they said: "disproportionate given the scale of the proposals" and highlighted that further enquiry time would have been likely if more witnesses came forward."

The Parish Council had consistently rejected the Denton Homes proposal. The Council worked closely with residents and Save Our Fields From Concrete in preparing for the appeal, in addition to hosting public meetings to garner and reflect public opinion.

Click here for background on the NW SHRUB LANE (Denton Homes) proposal. Here is a link to the documents on Rother's site. 

Updates on other Local Housing Development matters:

RECTORY COURT: click here for the latest update on progress at the Rectory Court site.



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Burwash Panto tickets are on sale NOW! 

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The Burwash village scout group urgently needs your help to replace the aged floor in the scout hut. You can sponsor a square metre of new, hard-wearing engineered oak flooring for just £30. All sponsors will have their names inscribed on a plaque to acknowledge their donation. Please contact Jacqui Kuhler via or Keith Lloyd at

If you want to contact your Parish Councillors or the Clerk - there's a red postbox outside the Internet Cafe, on the wall facing The Bear car park in Burwash High Street. We look forward to hearing from you!  

Residents can always talk to their Councillors - however it's often best to contact the Parish Clerk (Jane Clarke) first. The post box will be checked next on 4 January 2019. 


The Parish Council has agreed an outline plan of activity for 2019 and beyond - and the plan is heavily  focused on developing our commmunity. There'll be work to establish a Community Hub - and a feasibility study on a Community Bus for the parish. The Council will develop a Welcome Pack for new residents and step up its parish maintenance programme.  There'll be more partnership working with local residents' groups and associations and a continuing emphasis on traffic calming measures. Please click here to view the outline plan.


Jane Clarke is our Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer. (RFO).

Her phone number is 07854 699 518.  Email her on or use the post box outside the Internet Cafe. The box is checked weekly.