Strand Meadow

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. 

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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. 

Click here to view RDC's outline approval decision and details of the conditions on the Outline Planning Application RR/2017/582/P.

Burwash Parish Council held an EGM on the August 6, 2018 to discuss the Park Lane proposal. Over 60 parishioners attended the meeting. 

  1. Please Click Here  to view the documents for the full planning application  RR/2018/1787/P
  2. Please Click Here  to view the previous Objection Letter the the Parish Council submitted to Rother District Council for the outline planning application RR/2017/582/P. Please note this is for reference and not in relation to the recently submitted full planning RR/2018/1787/P which was discussed on the 6th August, 2018.
  3. The Parish Council sent a further, comprehensive letter of objection. Click here for the letter.

For further details of the plans, please Click Here. Please click here to see a press release sent by the Parish council to local media. Click here for media coverage in the Battle Observer.



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