Rectory Court

The Parish Council has created this page to keep residents informed about the redevelopment of Rectory Court.

Update: February 23, 2018

Rother District Council has approved the latest planning application to redevelop Rectory Court in Burwash High Street. Approval of the plan, for 15 one-bedroom rented flats for older residents and four two-bedroom shared equity houses, follows wide consultation with Burwash Parish Council and Rother District Council to ensure the design, build and layout of the scheme would be appropriate for Burwash's historic High Street. Rother says in its report on the application that the current scheme is "considered to reflect the character and appearance of this historic area, while also presenting an acceptable face at the rear overlooking the countryside of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty." A previous application for the site, which has been vacant for over three years, was withdrawn after objections to its unsympathetic design.

Redevelopment will be carried out by Optivo Housing Association, which has 44,000 homes in London, the South East and the Midlands. Optivo was formed last year following the merger of AmicusHorizon, operator of the old Rectory Court, and Viridian Housing.

The site has now been fenced off. Demolition has begun and is expected to be complete by the end of April. Optivo says residents will move in in Autumn, 2019. 

Click here to see a newsletter prepared by Optivo.

Click here to view the full planning application.

Update: July 2017

On the 29th June a public consultation was held in the village for residents to view the new plans submitted by Optivo and its architects MHA.  The session was well attended with largely positive comments about the new proposed plan.  As a result of this Optivo will look to submit a planning application to Rother District Council by late July 2017.

Update: January 2017

Since the meeting on the 22nd October, 2016, Amicus have formally appointed MH Architects to carry out the design of the new scheme. MHA have created the proposal presented at the meeting on the 22nd October, which was well received. They have provided examples of how they previously worked in conservation areas and won heritage awards. Rother planners have assessed this and expressed they have no concerns over the suitability of the architect.

Amicus have now met with MHA and have run through the points discussed in the meeting to ensure they pick this up in the design going forward.  

Update: December 2016

On 22nd October, a joint meeting was held between the Parish Council, Rother District Council and Amicus Horizon to discuss the Old Rectory Court site. The Parish Council was represented by Cllrs. Vereker, Jenner and Moore.

Amicus Horizon tabled a revised plan for this development which involves the creation of 15 units of rented housing for older people and 4 houses for shared ownership. The outline plans showed a different layout from the previous proposal in order to deal with the issue of visual encroachment into the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

All parties felt that this made progress possible and Amicus will now appoint a new architect to develop a more comprehensive proposal.  It was agreed that once this has happened a further design meeting would be held with the Parish Council.  

Amicus confirmed that any former residents who did wish to return to the new scheme would be able to do so.  Amicus will also provide Rother and the new architect with the advice previously provided by the Parish Council on the finishes expected to be used in order for the new development to complement this historic setting.

All parties agreed to work collaboratively to make this important new development a success.

Below are some additional key documents:

For a full list of events this month, please go to Burwash Parish Diary. If you have updates or wish to add details of future events please get in touch via Burwash Parish Clerk.