Welcome to Burwash: Save Our Fields

Our members are residents of Burwash, East Sussex and elsewhere, who seek to protect the beauty and character of our village, its countryside, its hamlets and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

"And that will be England gone, The shadows, the meadows the lanes, The guildhalls, the carved choirs.

There'll be books; it will linger on in galleries; but all that remains, for us will be concrete and tyres."

From "Going, Going" by Philip Larkin.

Watercress Field - off Strand Meadow, Burwash

Appeal News

Park Lane Homes appeal over the first Reserve matters application (October 2020) (which was refused) has been validated.

Residents now have the opportunity to object to appeal. Our group has decided not to conduct a campaign because the community has already made its views well known during the following attempts to build on the field:

  • June 2018        The detailed planning application      Application refused

  • March 2019     Park Lane Homes (South-East) Ltd appeals    Appeal dismissed

  • October 2020  Reserve matters application (The application the appeal relates to) Application refused. Park Lane Homes (South-East) Ltd appealed the decision.

  • February 2021 An identical reserve matters application submitted, which extended the time limits for the original grant of planning permission. Later minor alterations were made. 502 people objected to the application on the Rother Portal. No one supported it. (Decision awaited)

Our group suggests if you want to object you can simply say the views of the community are well known and point out the endless the repeat applications.


Watercress Field - off Strand Meadow, Burwash

Burwash Neighbourhood plan to be challenged in the High Court

Russell Beswick’s company, Park Lane Homes (South-East) is still seeking to put houses
on Watercress Field.

The company’s latest activity is to take Rother District Council to the High Court to
quash their decision that the Burwash Neighbourhood plan satisfied the required basic
conditions for neighbourhood plans. The plan awaits a referendum by the electors of
Burwash. The real challenge is that the plan does not designate Watercress Field for

Burwash: Save our Fields is seeking to take part in the proceeding by applying to the
High Court to be an ‘Interested Party’.

For more information, please contact the group.


Field near Ghyll Farm, Heathfield Road, Burwash, TN19 7LF (near Judins)

The owner of the field near Ghyll Farm in Burwash has put the 7.48 acre field up for
sale for ‘offers in excess of £250,000’. The field was bought in January 2008, for


Burwash Save our Fields Group Photo