OUR ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR
(1) 2014 - Judins Field adjacent to Ghyll Farm, Burwash Weald.
This field afforded fabulous, uninterrupted views from the A265 near Coppers Hill, Burwash Weald across the Dudwell Valley to Brightling. The group brought it to the notice of nearly everyone in the parish. It was turned down by the Parish Council and Rother District Council.
(2) 2014 - The Judins’ Appeal. A fresh campaign was launched after the developer appealed. The Inspector dismissed the appeal.
(3) 2014 - Demolition and re-build of Rectory Court, High Street, Burwash
Rectory Court had been built in the 1960s for older inhabitants and was no longer fit for purpose. The original plans for the new build were not appropriate for a High Weald ridge site nor Burwash High Street.
Through the efforts of the group, and the Parish Council, the developer withdrew the application. Our objections were heeded and we were instrumental in helping to achieve a complete revision of the plans. The group supported the new application. Building is well underway for completion by the end of 2019.
(4) 2015 - Shrub Wood Meadow, off Shrub Lane, Burwash
A major development of 44 houses and flats (later reduced to 42) behind Shrub Lane, which would have involved the demolition of two existing houses to provide access.
Our campaign engaged with the community to object to this unwanted and inappropriate development. It was turned down by both the Parish and Rother District Councils.
(5) 2016 - The Shrub Wood Meadow Appeal - The developer subsequently launched an appeal. A detailed objection by the group was given to the Inspector. The developer abandoned the appeal.
Park Lane Homes
(6) 2017- Watercress Field, Land SW of Strand Meadow, Burwash
This site had an historical planning permission granted for 17 houses including some affordable units. The new application was for 30 units and, following a viability study, the developer removed the affordable housing. There had been no attempt to consult with the community. The group’s campaign included contacting residents and over 440 people objected to the development. Both Parish and District councils turned it down. It went to appeal.
(7) 2019 - The Watercress Field Appeal - Another major campaign by the group to persuade the residents to send in their objections again, and a 40-page submission, on behalf of the group, was sent to the Inspector. The appeal was dismissed