HeathfieldGreen.Space is the new name for StopVinesCorner
Over the past few months Heathfield Green Space and other concerned groups (these can be found here) have been working hard to protect green spaces and planning democracy that is under threat from The "Changes to the Planning System and the "Planning for the Future White Paper"
With the recent newsletter issued on the 9th of October 2020 by Huw Merriman MP and Sally-Anne Hart MP in response to various letters and presentations they appear to have changed their stance from supporting the proposed planning changes to one of questioning them.
With the consultation period on the White Paper ending soon Heathfield Green Space have written a final letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May and Huw Merriman, a copy of this letter can be seen in the download section at the bottom of this page. (With the first introductory paragraphs for the other at the end).
In addition, we have complied a timeline of our actions and any response we have had and again this can be found in the download section.
Heathfield Green Space acknowledge the support of others as above, please support them.
We would also like to thank those that support us in the Heathfield and the wider community.
We will not stop, in the coming weeks WDC will be issuing the results of their call for land once we have the details of the call for land we will publish the details under the your area section of the website.
You can change things it just takes time.
Q. Would WDC support the call by residents that the Broad Oak Primary School Playing Field become Green Open Space, in a recent poll of residents 270 were in favour and 10 against?
A. The mechanism to do this would be through a neighbourhood plan rather than through specific policy or spate action.
Q. What about AONB protection around Heathfield? Some concerns due to
recent application at Crowboroguh.
A. The Eridge Road application has gone through and the decision did not ignore
the policy tests relating to the AONB. The outcome was balanced in favour of
approval which was in the public interest. The report is available on the
website. The suggestion that the AONB was ignored is incorrect. It does not
set an immediate precedent for growth in the AONB. We have a live
undetermined application for c.100 houses at Ghyll Road and a couple of
applications for smaller growth in the area. There are no obvious large sites
around Heathfield, including Vines Corner. Have never felt there was an easy
site there and have conveyed that view to applicants.
These were also asked which has been causing some debate.
Q. London boroughs and affordable housing provision in Wealden district?
A. There have been recent exchanges around Heathfield specifically. We have
not had any pre-app discussions with any London borough about any site
within the AONB. A difficulty is that it may well have happened but gone
undetected. If there is a site which already benefits from planning permission
then anyone can buy it and build it out. If a London borough did purchase a
site and build 100% affordable housing and is within the terms of the planning
permission then there is very little we can do about it.
Follow on Question
Q. If they did get planning permission does it come out of our allocation, who lives
there as it doesn’t meet Wealden’s affordable housing needs?
A. If there is planning permission the s106 has nomination rights of people within
Wealden. However above 35% there is nothing we can do.
The Full Parish Panel Minutes can be download at the bottom of the page.
Any member of the public can ask a question on planning to WDC but it has to go through the Clerk to the HWPC, Helen Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Gadd - comments - It was a sad day on the 10th July 2020 for the High Weald of Outstanding Natural Beauty this application was passed after being refused previously. You can see this application discussed here at 12mins into the video judge for yourself- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaJGkxFZXis
Question for August 2020 Parish Panel
Due to the recent approval of a substantial number of dwelling in the AONB in Crowborough can you WDC reassure the residents of Heathfield that as stated in the White Paper August 2020 the AONB surrounding Heathfield will be protected as laid out in white paper proposals.
The AONB is the life blood for many businesses in and around Heathfield and they need reassurance.
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Decision on major Crowborough development reversed
A planning application for a housing development next to Goldsmith Recreation Ground in Crowborough was approved by Wealden District Council on 10th July.
The outline application to build up to 119 homes North of A26 Eridge Road, was referred back to the Committee because of concerns about the decision making process (more to follow on this).
To prevent a legal challenge, the Council reconvened the Committee to re-determine the application. Councillors were told to have an “open mind”, and consider all the evidence presented to them during the meeting.
The site consists of four fields. It is outside the development boundary for Crowborough and is in the High Weald AONB Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. To the East is Luxford Farmhouse, a Grade II listed building. The initial scheme was previously amended, so no houses will be constructed in the fourth field adjacent to Luxford Farmhouse, to preserve the heritage building.
During the virtual meeting, Cllr Peter Roundell (Marefield, CONS) said:
If we approve this application, the precedent created potentially opens-up any sustainable new development in the AONB – be it in the North of the District or indeed the South; be it for a major development or a much smaller development.
Regretfully, I fear, before we know where we are, our beautiful and valued countryside will be concreted over with the wrong type of housing in the wrong places.
Anybody who lives in the AONB should be very worried, we will be at the mercy of developers for the next two to three years, because of draft local plan failed and we are in the unenviable position of not having a five year land supply.
Cllr Roundell was quoting from written notes, when he turned pages he was challenged by the Chairman as to whether by using a prepared script, it could be considered that he was predetermined. She sought the opinion of the Council’s Planning Solicitor, who said that it was a personal decision for each individual member as to whether they have an “open mind”.
The case officer, Mr Stacey Robins, is also the Council’s Head of Planning. In response to Cllr Roundell’s concerns that the outcome could set a dangerous precedent for future building in AONB, Mr Robins sought to reassure members that each future application should be judged on its individual merits.
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