‘Horrendous’ homes plan

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Time is running out for villagers to submit their comments on a scheme for 75 homes on land to the south of North Common Road at Wivelsfield Green.

Villagers learned of the housing proposals in the autumn after receiving a leaflet drop from developer Gleeson. A similar approach was used by Gleeson in Hassocks where London Road residents are fighting the developer’s outline plan for 96 homes on Ham Fields.

The Keep Wivelsfield Green Action Group (KWGAG) and 127 villagers sent responses to Gleeson saying they did not want any development by North Common Road but the developer ignored the groundswell of opposition and submitted a formal, outline application (LW/13/0720).

Comments either for or against the plan must be received by Lewes District Council by December 11.

Gleeson has pointed out that 25 per cent of the development would be affordable housing for local people that would address “the considerable unsatisfield need for new housing in the area, in particular for affordable housing.”

But, in a statement, KWGAG said: “This is an horrendous proposal, a development of 75 dwellings is not sustainable in a village the size of Wivelsfield Green. This is yet again another example of developers racing to gain planning permission prior to the completion of the District Plan and the Wivelsfield Parish Neighbourhood Plan, which is underway. Over the years there have been three previous planning applications to build houses on this site and each time the parish council has objected to the development and Lewes District Council has refused permission.”

The Gleeson plan has been unanimously rejected by the parish council, and district councillor Cyril Sugarman has objected on the grounds that attempts to develop the land have been unsuccessful for 40 years.

KWGAG said:“The objections to this development are many and substantial. The land is outside the village planning boundary and on a greenfield site. The development is not sustainable given the lack of services in the village and surrounding area. The village primary school is currently at full capacity and the nearest secondary at Chailey is also oversubscribed.”

Register to make an on-line comment via: planningpa.lewes.gov.uk/online-applications/registrationWizard.do?action=start