Strand Meadow

Burwash Parish Council is urging Rother District Council to reconsider how the appeal against rejection of a controversial planning application for Strand Meadow will be handled.

Rother District Council announced this month that the appeal by Park Lane Homes against the rejection of its plans for 30 homes on Watercress Field, near Strand Meadow, will be determined by written representations, not via a public inquiry or hearing.

The Parish Council and Burwash: Save our Fields from Concrete wrote to Rother earlier this year urging that the appeal into the site be handled by an inquiry or through a public hearing where all the issues could be properly aired. Over 400 objections to the Park Lane scheme were lodged by individuals and organisations when the most recent planning application for the site was made. Rother District Council planning committee unanimously REJECTED the application in January, 2019, despite the fact that Rother’s own planning officers supported the application.

Rother has said that new representations for the Appeal have to be made by  June 17, 2019. All existing objections and representations have been forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate.

Representations to the Planning Inspectorate can be made through its portal. You can also email or write, sending three copies,  to:

Caroline Harvey

C Eagle, 3rd Floor

Temple Quay House

2, The Square

Bristol BS1 6PN

The Appeal Reference is  APP/U1430/W/19/3223824. You can see this online here.

Strand Meadow Appeal - APP/U1430/W/19/322824  

The developers Park Lane have now appealed the decision by Rother District Council's Planning Committee.  The appeal has yet to be validated.  The developers have requested that the appeal is done by written representations.  Burwash Parish Council has written to Rother District Council (RDC) and the Planning Inspectorate requesting officers of our Local Planning Authority (RDC) and the Planning Inspectorate to ensure the correct procedure is chosen for all parties to have a fair representation during the appeal in either a hearing or inquiry.

Strand Meadow Planning Application unanimously refused by Rother District Council Planning Committee

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 planning meeting on Thursday, January 17, 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. 

The proposal by Park Lane Group to develop 30 dwellings on land at the end of Strand Meadow, running across the back of Burwash village playing fields, obtained outline planning permission last year. Ahead of a Planning Committee meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019, RDC officers recommended the development in full with a ‘later stage’ S106 which meant that the development would be reviewed once 50% of the houses had been sold to see what price they would actually go for.  RDC officers accepted the full loss of the affordable housing on this condition. 

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.

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