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:
Housing association, Optivo acquires HG35 Foundry Close scheme
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
The Parish Council has commissioned a report, funded by a Central Government grant, as part of the evidence base for the emerging neighbourhood plan.
Whilst homes in the parish continue to be more affordable than in neighbouring settlements, sadly homes to purchase in Hurst Green continue to be beyond the scope of many.
Current evidence points towards a need for between eight and 30 affordable homes to be delivered over the Plan period in Hurst Green. The report states that this should be achievable through the allocation of sites in the Neighbourhood Plan, in addition to the site already having planning permission, however only where the affordable threshold is fully met.
The Local Call for Sites and subsequent Site Assessment process for the Neighbourhood Plan has revealed sufficient sites within and adjacent to Hurst Green Village to deliver the required quantum of development, including the affordable quota. That said, this would be focussed on the village of Hurst Green rather than the outlying settlements. Whilst the evidence on housing need demonstrates that the focus of need is in Hurst Green village, a modest affordable housing need in Silver Hill exists. Silver Hill does not have a development boundary and is therefore considered as ‘countryside’ in local planning terms. Despite this, the report highlights that consideration needs to be given as to whether any of the sites in Silver Hill might be suitable for residential development and, if so, whether there might be a case to argue for their inclusion within the overall housing target.
The full report is at: https://hurstgreen2030.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Affordable-Housing-Report-July-2021.pdf
The Parish Council has received a letter from the site promoters / landowners of the HG 6 potential housing site to inform us that they will be holding a public exhibition outside of the neighbourhood plan process, where they will be presenting their thoughts for a residential development on Land at London Road (HG6), before they seek to advance an application for Planning Permission.
The exhibition is to take place outside the former Hurst Green Community Shop, on the 9th of July 2021 between 12:00pm (noon) and 8:00pm.
According to the invitation, members of the site promoter’s team, Wooldridge Developments, will be on hand to answer resident questions.