HeathfieldGreen.Space is the new name for StopVinesCorner
What a Heathfield Neighbourhood Plan can do for Heathfield, Cross In Hand and Broad Oak ... is:
The Neighbourhood Plan process will typically take more than a year to complete but if we don't produce a Neighbourhood Plan, the future of where we live will continue to be decided elsewhere.
Under the Localism Act 2011
Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.
They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead.
Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to plan for the types of development to meet their community’s needs and where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.
In a designated neighbourhood area which contains all or part of the administrative area of a town or parish council, the town or parish council is responsible for neighbourhood planning.
Where a parish or town council chooses to produce a neighbourhood plan or Order it should work with other members of the community who are interested in, or affected by, the neighbourhood planning proposals to allow them to play an active role in preparing a neighbourhood plan or Order.
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The first stage of the process is to have a Heathfield & Waldron Parish wide consultation (which includes Cross In Hand and Broad Oak) that will be used to shape the policies for our Neighbourhood Plan.
The Initial consultation is typically by way of a Questionnaire and it will be critically important that there is a very high return of completed Questionnaires.
H&W PC will have to be able to demonstrate to external assessors that the plan is influenced by communities feelings and opinions about the future of the Parish which will be provided by the responses to the Questionnaire.
There will then be a meeting to discuss the results of the Questionnaire and to decide the next steps.
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A Heathfield Neighbourhood Plan should take account that there are surplus homes in developments started or nearing completion... The Old Police Station site (115 homes) has unsold homes ... as does the development at Dads Hill (23 homes) in Cross In Hand.
This is only new homes which are in addition to the many hundreds of houses already offered for sale on the open market.
More new homes are in the pipeline for Heathfield, Cross In Hand and Broad ... on the A265 there is Parklands (20 homes) starting up, The Cart Barn (15 homes in reserved matters stage), Hatherlea (7 homes) and The Old Dairy (10 homes), Tilsmore Lodge (23 homes),
Broad Oak School is threatened with closure and residents fear the land will be used for up to 50 homes.
Street End Lane Broad Oak (application for 10 homes in AONB)
Other sites could resurface in Heathfield Broad Oak and Cross In Hand ... further land behind Tower Street (30 homes), Ghyll Road (100+ homes on AONB), The Old Half Moon (30+ homes on AONB), Old Common (40+ homes on AONB), St Aubyns (6 homes on AONB), Vines Corner (200+ homes on AONB).
Developers for sites in Heathfield Old Beehive, Parklands and Old Dairy - having gained planning approval - have later applied to have their commitments to provide Affordable Housing either as buildings or financial contribution removed by WDC.
This takes away from those in Heathfield who have the greatest need so that developer profits can be increased.
Many of the homes proposed in applications for Heathfield, Cross In Hand and Broad Oak do not meet WDC’s own planning policies which require that new buildings should ‘conserve and enhance the AONB’.
Gov’t requirements for 30 homes per hectare bring urbanisation ... on the A265 the loss of mature trees and historic hedge lines expose large buildings such as the Old Beehive development to full view. Modern density requirements demand houses with a small ‘footprint’ but 3 or more stories ... making them dominate older homes nearby. House designs and materials for larger estates often have no relevance to local history and ‘Sussex style’.
Pictured above .... a row of new cottages on Burwash Street showing how new can be traditional and well built to modern standards.
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WDC Planning has insisted that proposals for Local Green Space for Heathfield can only be made through a Neighbourhood Plan ... therefore the Vines Corner field and other potential areas of Local Green Space are being suppressed and residents’ democratic rights ignored.
Residents should be able to nominate buildings and localities which are important , lend character and history to neighbourhoods and are considered worthy of conservation or other protection.
Today WDC Conservation Officer (part of Planning Dept) makes these decisions and there is no active involvement from residents ... only Old Heathfield has conservation status.
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