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.