Early concept designs for additional homes off London Road

Early concept designs for additional new homes off London Road

As with all of the possible Housing Sites in the Hurst Green Neighbourhood Plan process, in 2019 landowners and developers were  invited to put forward their concepts and ideas for consideration by the public and the Neighbourhood Plan Housing Group.

On the 8th of April 2021, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group received a preliminary concept proposal for consideration from the landowners of the HG 6 potential site.  The potential site off London Road, is to the west of the A21 and is currently grass pasture land. 

The site was first identified by the landowner and Rother District Council as a possibility for new housing in the early 2000’s, and again in 2013 and 2016, and is outside of the Hurst Green Development Boundary. The area like the entire parish, falls within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

The landowner/developers are proposing 30 new dwellings. The early concept design plan does not indicate a housing type breakdown, however we assume it will be in-line with Rother District Council housing mix policy.

Residents should note that while the site was identified as part of the call for sites process, that this or the receipt of this concept proposal from the landowner does not mean the site will be allocated for development or included in the Neighbourhood Plan. It is a technical exercise aimed at identifying potential sites and options for development. With public consultation, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and the Parish Council will then consider how best to take the plan forward. For more information on the stages, please see the milestones section of this website.

As these materials do not form part of a planning application, or the formal Neighbourhood Plan consultation, anyone with comments or thoughts to pass on to the landowner and their agents is warmly invited to contact a member of the neighbourhood plan Steering Group or any Hurst Green Parish Councillor.

You can review the preliminary concept materials as part of the Housing Documents section of this site.

 

Plans for the Hurst Green park regeneration receives a boost

Plans for the Hurst Green park regeneration receives a boost from District Council Community Grant

In March 2021, Hurst Green was awarded a £30k grant from Rother District Council’s Community Grant programme towards the regeneration of the Children’s Park located in the centre of Hurst Green village.

The grant, applied for by Hurst Green parish Councillors, followed resident consultation carried out during the Neighbourhood Plan process that uncovered that many local children see the park as being a drab and unstimulating place to spend time. 

Designed back in the late 90’s, much of play equipment itself is not accessible to all, with provision for those with physical and, or mental impairments being particularly lacking. 

The plan is an exciting redesign that will provide improved facilities that can be used by children of all ages and that will provide a play balance that will include active, sensory, creative, imaginative, manipulative, social, and reflective play. Ensuring that all children who visit, have access, as far as possible, to the experience.

Along with new children’s play equipment, the plan is to improve the overall space, and give the revamped park a strong sense of place that speaks to the culture, location, and “spirit” of our rural community.

The District Council commentary remarked that “this project supports the delivery of the aims and objectives of the Hurst Green Neighbourhood Plan and springboards the aspirations of a Community Hub for the village.” 

Early concept designs for additional homes at Foundry Close

Early concept designs for additional new homes off Foundry Close

As with all of the possible Housing Sites in the Hurst Green Neighbourhood Plan process, in 2019 landowners and developers were  invited to put forward their concepts and ideas for consideration by the public and the Neighbourhood Plan Housing Group.

On the 4th of December 2020, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group received a preliminary concept proposal for consideration from the landowners of the HG 40 and HG 42 sites.  The potential site off Foundry Close, is to the east of the A21 and is currently a mixture of grass pasture land and scrub land. 

These sites were first identified as a possibility for new housing in 2013 and is outside of the Hurst Green Development Boundary. The area like the entire parish, falls within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

The landowner/developers are proposing 42 new dwellings. The housing density shown is very high and as drawn, include no public amenities or areas. The early concept design plan does not indicate a housing type breakdown, however we understand the that landowner/developers are proposing:

  • 22 houses on the HG 40 site
  • 16 houses and 4 flats on the HG 42 site

Residents should note that while the site was identified as part of the call for sites process, that this or the receipt of this concept proposal from the landowner does not mean the site will be allocated for development or included in the Neighbourhood Plan. It is a technical exercise aimed at identifying potential sites and options for development. With public consultation, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and the Parish Council will then consider how best to take the plan forward. For more information on the stages, please see the milestones section of this website.

As these materials do not form part of a planning application, or the formal Neighbourhood Plan consultation, anyone with comments or thoughts to pass on to the landowner and their agents is warmly invited to contact a member of the neighbourhood plan Steering Group or any Hurst Green Parish Councillor.

You can review the preliminary concept materials here as part of the Housing Documents section of this site.

Early concept designs for new homes and village green​

Early concept designs for new homes and a village green on London Road

As with all of the possible Housing Sites in the Hurst Green Neighbourhood Plan process, in 2019 landowners and developers were  invited to put forward their concepts and ideas for consideration by the public and the Neighbourhood Plan Housing Group.

On the 17th of December 2020, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group received a concept proposal for consideration from the landowners of the HG 22 site, which also includes the HG 43 site.  The potential site on London Road lies opposite Hurst Green School, to the east of the A21 and is currently grass pasture land. 

The site was first identified as a possibility for new housing in 2018 and is adjacent to the Hurst Green Development Boundary. The area like the entire parish, falls within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

The landowner/developers are proposing 40 new dwellings, set adjacent to a new public village green that is roughly the same size as the Moor in Hawkhurst.  The housing density shown is relatively low, the plans show that the housing breakup consists of:

  • 4 houses and 2 flats that have 1 bedroom.
  • 7 houses and 4 flats that have 2 bedrooms
  • 9 houses and 3 bungalows that have 3 bedrooms.
  • 7 houses that have 4 bedrooms.
  • 4 houses that have 5 bedrooms.

The plans show that the landowner/developers are proposing a new pedestrian crossing which would link the site to the pavement on the opposite side of the A21.  The plans also show a new area of public woodland, which we understand may include some children’s public play equipment.

A new school drop off parking area is shown close to the pedestrian crossing. We understand this could be used by both the school and during the day for those visiting the green or walking the nearby public right of way that leads to Stage Field in Silver Hill. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have sent the received plans to the school for their comment. 

Parking is shown as including 2.6 car parking spaces per home, with 24 spaces allocated for visitors and 10 spaces as part of the school drop off area. 

Residents should note that while the site was identified as part of the call for sites process, that this or the receipt of this concept proposal from the landowner does not mean the site will be allocated for development. It is a technical exercise aimed at identifying potential sites and options for development. With public consultation, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and the Parish Council will then consider how best to take the plan forward. For more information on the stages, please see the milestones section of this website.

As these materials do not form part of a planning application, or the formal Neighbourhood Plan consultation, anyone with comments or thoughts to pass on to the landowner and their agents is warmly invited to contact a member of the neighbourhood plan Steering Group or any Hurst Green Parish Councillor.

You can review the concept materials here as part of the Housing Documents section of this site.

Perspective Sketch of Foundry Close development

District Council approve 20 new homes at Foundry Close

District Council approve 20 new homes at Foundry Close

On the 29th of October 2020, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Hurst Green Parish Council received a planning decision notice from Rother District Council, the notice outlined the approval for the planning application at Foundry Close.

In the works since the previous unsuccessful planning application by Millwood Designer Homes, the approved scheme features 20 new homes, and in a revision from the submitted application, this now contains 8 affordable homes. 

The approved scheme is smaller than the original, that proposed some 60 homes, but larger than the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and the Parish Council recommended, who based upon a report written for the Parish Council from consultancy AECOM, noted that the site, based on size alone, could only accommodate a maximum of 18 homes. The Land Owners, in a bid to obtain planning permission and an agreement around affordable homes, increased this to 20 new homes, with 8 of these to be affordable.

Despite the problems with parking in and around Hurst Green village,  the scheme’s parking provision is in accordance with, and higher than is required of new developments, as determined by the East Sussex County Council’s Residential Parking Demand Calculator. The approved scheme has 29 car parking spaces to be shared by the 20 new homes, with 17 further spaces being provided as unallocated parking bays. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group despite pushing for further spaces to be allocated, feel this allocation is too small for the development, with most families in Hurst Green having access to, or ownership of more than 1 car.  The unallocated parking spaces include 5 bays adjacent to the existing Foundry Close, which according to the District Council’s commentary, is intended to go some way towards meeting a need from existing local residents without on-plot parking to park their vehicles on Foundry Close.

Residents of Hurst Green may be surprised to learn that the planning documents reveal that both Highways England and East Sussex Highways were consulted in respect of the new development, and that neither raised any objections.

All of the homes are to be two storeys in height, although three of the dwellings are to be 2.5 storeys in height, containing roof dormers. There is a mix of elevational treatments consisting of weatherboard, tile hanging, brick and painted render; and a mix of plain tiles or slates to the roofs of the dwellings. 

The layout of the development retains provision for extending the site south to ensure that road access through the site to the adjacent Neighbourhood Plan HG40 site is provided and maintained.

The District Council have responded to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group’s comment in the planning decision notice, noting that respect of the size of the proposed area annotated on the plan as ‘peace garden’, remarking that “as the applicant has pointed out this small public garden area has only been included at the suggestion of the Parish Council and there is no policy requirement to
provide public open space as part of the development. Moreover, the applicant has stated that it would not be in the applicant’s interest to leave this poorly landscaped or as a blank canvass as the applicants’ aim is to make the landscaping as attractive as possible with a view towards selling the houses.”

site layout of the approved foundry close scheme

http://planweb01.rother.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/planningDetails?reference=RR/2019/2194/P&from=planningSearch

View the original Parish Council’s response to the planning application here: https://hurstgreen2030.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Foundry-Close-Planning-Application-RR20192194P-on-site-HG-35-Parish-Council.pdf

picture of an apple orchard

Local business survey results

Local business survey launched - have your say

The Neighbourhood Plan Business and Tourism group have launched a local business survey to find out more about how local buisnesses feel about doing business in the Hurst Green area.

Are you a business owner, an employee of a local company, or perhaps thinking about starting a business, or a resident who is interested in local business? 

Please consider completing the online survey, it will only take a few minutes and will help us drive real change through the neighbourhood planning / improvement process. 

You can access the survey online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeu-PoUEdmUl9pJZS1BItSRJk3aiTsh_3couiQzXHOYwowdXg/viewform 

For an alternative response method, or to request a paper format, please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council via email at clerk@hurstgreen-pc.org.uk or via telephone on 01580 860111.

 

block view of 3 proposed homes at Windmill Farm in Silver Hill

New Silver Hill planning application​

New Silver Hill planning application

Rother District Council have informed the Hurst Green Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group that the developers behind the Silver Hill, Windmill Farm (HG 38) site have applied for outline planning permission ahead of the Neighbourhood Plan being completed.  

picture of the proposed street

Selected items relating to the application:

  • The outline application is for three, 3-bedroom detached homes, at Silver Hill, a hamlet situated to the south of Hurst Green.
  • The proposal doesn’t include provision for affordable housing.
  • The site (HG 38) is situated on the west side of Bodiam Road, next to Windmill Farm, a property at the southern end of development on the western side of Silver Hill.
  • Silver Hill is outside of the development boundary of Hurst Green village.

View the application and read the supporting documents here:

https://planweb01.rother.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/planningDetails?reference=RR/2019/1956/P&from=planningSearch

image of public footpath sign in woods

Survey suggests residents open to Hurst Green as a tourism gateway

Local tourism survey suggests Hurst Green is not currently geared up for tourism, but could become so in the future

The Neighbourhood Plan group have conducted a survey of local residents around their attitudes towards tourism in our area.  

The design and the subsequent analysis was freely undertaken by volunteers from the Neighbourhood Plan. 

Summary of results from residents completing the survey:

  • Do you think people consider coming to or staying in the Hurst Green area for tourism?
  • Visiting friends, and the local attractions and landmarks were the main reasons people thought attracted visitors to Hurst Green
  • Not enough local attractions or landmarks, as well the area not having enough shops were among the top reasons residents thought were putting visitors off visiting the Hurst Green area.
  • Nearly 90% of respondents thought the visual appearance of the village was important is to residents and visitors. 
  • Over a third of respondents were in favour of sensitive tourism development in and around Hurst Green, and thought that Hurst Green could serve as a gateway to the surrounding area and local attractions.
  • Interestingly, over 80% of respondents weren’t aware that the largest Napoleonic barracks in Sussex (around 4,000 people) was located just south of Hurst Green at Silver Hill.

Read the full survey results:
Evidence #37 – Hurst Green Neighbourhood Plan local tourism survey

concept proposal for HG11

Early concept for new family homes on Burgh Hill received​

Early concept designs for 6 new family homes on Burgh Hill

As with all of the possible Housing Sites in the Hurst Green Neighbourhood Plan process, following the professional site assessment by AECOM in 2019 landowners and developers were  invited to put forward their concepts and ideas for consideration by the public and the Neighbourhood Plan Housing Group.

On the 2nd of January 2020, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group received a concept proposal for consideration from the landowners of the HG 11 site.  The site on Burgh Hill lies to the west of the A21, between Hurst Green and Etchingham and is currently grass pasture land. 

The HG 11 site was first identified as a possibility for new housing in 2003 and is adjacent to the Hurst Green Development Boundary. The area is considered by some to form a natural infill between existing residential developments to the north, west and east of the site, and like the entire parish, falls within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

Currently the site is boundaried by mature planting to the west, north and east aspects and by an area of wetland forming the southern boundary between the site and open farmland beyond. The northern boundary (onto the road) is currently screened by a 2 metre  hedgerow which incorporates two trees and an access gate. 

The landowner/developers are proposing that each of the 6 possible new dwellings could feature a site area of approximately a quarter of a hectare,  each being a home of between 4-6 bedrooms. They are also proposing providing a pedestrian public footpath along the front of the development. 

Residents should note that while the HG 11 site was identified as part of the call for sites process, that this or the receipt of this concept proposal from the landowner does not mean the site will be allocated for development. It is a technical exercise aimed at identifying potential sites and options for development. With public consultation, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will then consider how best to take the plan forward.

Therefore at this stage, as these materials do not form part of a planning application, or the formal Neighbourhood Plan consultation, anyone with comments or thoughts to pass on to the landowner and their agents is warmly invited to contact a member of the neighbourhood plan Steering Group or any Hurst Green Parish Councillor.

You can review the concept materials here as part of the Housing Documents section of this site.

 

photograph of houses and cars on station road

Parking survey proves Hurst Green has a parking problem

Local parking survey proves that Hurst Green does not have enough safe parking for residents

Following the Neighbourhood Plan Local Housing Demand Survey, the Neighbourhood Plan conducted a survey of local residents around their attitudes to car parking.  The respondents from around the Parish represented around a fifth of local households.

The design and the subsequent analysis was freely undertaken by volunteers from the Neighbourhood Plan and by Parish Councillors. 

Summary of results from residents completing the survey:

  • Nearly 70% of residents said they were unhappy with the parking situation in their road, rising to over 80% of residents who lived on Station Road and London Road.
  • 100% of residents who lived in Coronation Gardens, Foundry Close, Great Oak and Dairy Close were unhappy with the parking situation in their road.
  • 90% agreed that Hurst Green does not have enough available and safe car parking for residents.
  • Nearly a quarter of residents reported that their car or vehicle had been damaged whilst parked on the road or pavement around Hurst Green.  While less than 3% of residents thought it was safe to park or leave their vehicle parked on the A21.
  • 91% of respondents were concerned about people parking on the pavements and grass verges around Hurst Green.
  • 85% of respondents were concerned about parking on Station Road (the road the Village Hall is on) near to the junction of the A21.
  • 71% of respondents would be supportive of the Parish Council providing nearby allocated car parking spaces to rent at low cost.
  • 82% of respondents were supportive of double yellow lines near to road junctions in and around Hurst Green.

Read the full survey results:
Evidence #36 – Hurst Green Neighbourhood Plan local car parking survey