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Volunteers and Parish Councillors plant hedge

Volunteers and Parish Councillors gather to plant 400 saplings at Stage Field

One of the many projects the Parish Council are committed to deliver is the regeneration of the Stage Field. After many working group meetings of residents and Councillors, on Saturday 6th April 2024, volunteers and Parish Councillors gathered to plant 420 saplings to start the formation of a hedgerow, kicking off the first part of the regeneration of this area for the enjoyment of generations to come.

Over the next few years the Council hope to deliver accessible footpaths, improved hedgerows to support wildlife, a new woodland walk, information boards, wildflower meadow, expanded parking area and to re-establish the old stage tower.

If you are interested in joining the working group, please let us know, we would love to have you on board.

 

 

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Burgh Hill outline application​

Burgh Hill outline planning application

The landowners and developers behind the Burgh Hill (HG 11) possible housing site have applied for outline planning permission ahead
of the Neighbourhood Plan being completed. The planning documents, which have been submitted to Rother District Council,
are for an o
utline planning application for up to 7 new dwellings and associated infrastructure, with all matters except for access reserved
for future consideration.
The HG 11 site was first identified as a possibility for new housing in 2003 and is adjacent to the Hurst Green Development Boundary. 

Prior to this application, in January 2020, the Parish Council received a concept proposal for consideration from the landowners of the HG 11 site.   

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Exciting design revealed for new children’s park

Exciting new design revealed as Council announces winning bidder for new children’s park

In August 2023, the Council announced that the tender process for new recreation ground equipment had concluded and that they have now secured funds and appointed a supplier and are currently in the process of confirming dates for when the work can start.

The new design maintains an Infant and Junior area, and is a bespoke interactive and imaginative design that combines the function of a multi storey castle themed structure with the experience of adventure play equipment and unique interactive details. The design draws its inspiration from our surrounding medieval landscape and its history with Alfred the Great, using castle and fort shaped structures throughout the design.

In the infant area, the existing train, springers, and multi-unit will be removed. The bench will be re-sited nearer to the perimeter fence.

The bespoke design of the castle with trees has been directly inspired by Hurst Green School pupils’ drawings. It is designed to have a visual connection to the structures in the junior area, through the association with a fort using fort shape turrets. It is a multi-unit that offers a range of play options and challenges. It gives a choice of motor play, problem-solving and spatial awareness.

There is a range of access points using steppingstones, a tunnel, balance beam, ladder, slide, ramp climbing post. These can be used for infant ages of 2-6 years, independently, in groups and with a chaperon.

The bespoke design is one that keeps the unit open for being able to view and explore across one level which evokes a sense of wonder to the landscape. There is a range of exploring apparatus such as climbing net, balance beam and bridge.

The tractor will stand in the area previously occupied by the train. It links with the agricultural imagery of the surrounding landscape as well as offering imaginative play options for individuals and groups. It can also be used as a bench for resting.

The Hurst Green ‘Fort with Zip Wire’ design proposal has been directly inspired by the pupils of Hurst Green. It consists of four towers connected by battlements and walkways. A ramp from the ground level takes you to the upper level and connects all the towers together, giving wheelchair access to the whole upper level. Two towers are fort/castle inspired, another is in the form of a giant tree and the fourth is a form of a giant nest, it is a fusion of fortifications with nature built in timber.

The design has a natural and organic aesthetic to blend into the landscape whilst giving an imaginative and sculptural approach to a large-scale play structure. The inside of the castle walls and tree tunnels will host a range of puzzles, wall textures, rotating puzzles, mirrors and talk tubes.

This is suitable for all abilities and will aid sensory experiences for the users to add further engagement with the space. It has many play values from ramps, ladders, fire fighters’ pole, slide, climbing wall, climbing net, climbing poles, tunnels, bridges, and towers. It offers a maze of spaces and opportunity for motor play; it can be used by groups or individuals and gives many options for role play. One tower has a throne with seats inside to promote social and imaginative play.

The turret and tunnel structures have an architectural ornamentation with gargoyles and grotesques designed by local pupils which will be pre-fabricated. The tree shape tower is more organic and adorned by wildlife also designed by the local pupils. The boardwalk connects directly onto the zip wire launch platform, giving access directly from the castle to the zip wire. Zip wire is positioned parallel to the hedge at the side of the field.

Could you be the change? Fancy being part of a group of volunteers who will work together to devise and create something amazing, please do send us your details via the volunteer interest form.

 

District Council approve 26 new homes

District Council approve 26 new homes on London Road (north)

On the 26th of April 2023, Hurst Green Parish Council received a planning decision notice from Rother District Council, the notice outlined the approval for a planning application on London Road.

The site comprises a field on the northern edge of Hurst Green village abutting the boundary that wraps around the southern half of the site and with linear development of three dwellings and a farm shop to its north. The field is noted to have historic field boundaries to its edges, with the ancient woodland of Burgh Wood to its northwest and like the whole village is located within the High Weald Area of OutstandingNatural Beauty (AONB). Public footpath HG6 runs along the southern boundary from London Road, between the site and Holy Trinity Church, linking with Vicarage Way, Ridgeway and the fields to the west.

The approved plans are for 11, two bedroom homes, 13, three bedroom homes, and 2, four bedroom homes. The site will not include any one bedroom homes.  16 of the properties will be sold as market housing, while the other 10 will be affordable.

The decision notice can be viewed at:

https://planweb01.rother.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/showDocuments?reference=RR/2021/2798/P&module=pl

Updated London Road (south) application​

Revised London Road (south) planning application

The developers and landowners behind the London Road (HG22/HG43) site have applied for planning permission ahead of the Neighbourhood Plan
being completed. 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). 
This application (RR/2022/1526/P) is an update of the existing application, which was a revision of the original application (RR/2021/1816/P),
which 
was withdrawn in March 2022.
View the application and read the supporting documents here:
 

Council runs formal Public Consultation

Council completes Public Consultation on the draft pre-submission Neighbourhood Plan

In accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 
(as amended), the Parish Council have undertaken a formal public consultation on the Pre-Submission Version of the Hurst Green Parish Neighbourhood Plan,
which ran from the 27th July to the 17th September 2022.

For more information and to access the draft plan and consultation materials please visit: https://hurstgreen2030.uk/regulation-14/
 

Revised London Road (north) application​

Revised London Road (north) planning application

The landowners and developers behind the London Road (HG 6) possible housing site have applied for planning permission ahead of the Neighbourhood Plan
being completed. 
The site 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 planning documents indicate that the development of site is for 26 new homes, some new public open space and the provision of a
car park for the village church.

View the application and read the supporting documents here:

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Council launches formal Public Consultation

Public Consultation on draft pre-submission Hurst Green Neighbourhood Plan

In accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 
(as amended), notice is given that a formal public consultation on the Pre-Submission Version of the Hurst Green Parish Neighbourhood Plan
will run from 9am on Wednesday 27 July to 5pm on Saturday 17 September 2022.

For more information and to access the draft plan and consultation materials please visit: https://hurstgreen2030.uk/regulation-14/
 

Revised London Road (south) application​

Revised London Road (south) planning application

The developers and landowners behind the London Road (HG22/HG43) site have applied for planning permission ahead of the Neighbourhood Plan
being completed.
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). 
This application (RR/2022/1526/P) is a revision of the original application (RR/2021/1816/P), which was withdrawn in March 2022.
View the application and read the supporting documents here: