Park Farm East, Hellingly, Hailsham, East Sussex

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Background

The land at Park Farm East is located to the north of Hailsham within the parish of Hellingly. 

The site was identified as a draft housing allocation for 400 new homes in the now withdrawn Local Plan.  Before the draft Local Plan, Park Farm already formed part of the North Hailsham Strategic Development Area – an urban extension area designated under the adopted Core Strategy 2013. (page 42).

The Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan, however in the meantime there remains a significant need to deliver new homes in the short term.  Wealden District Council can only demonstrate 3.79 years housing supply against their current need, which is far short of the 5 years the Government requires.

Development of the land at Park Farm is in line with the Council’s spatial strategy for development and is located in an area long envisaged as providing an extension to Hailsham.  It offers the opportunity to provide high quality, well designed homes to support the Council in meeting housing need in the district.

As part of the development a substantial package of improvements to services, open space and recreation areas and contribution to essential local facilities and strategic services such as roads, schools and healthcare will also be secured.     

We are now finalising our proposals for site Park Farm East.  We need your help to ensure we deliver a sensitively designed scheme that is tailored to fit the character of Hellingly and the surrounding landscape. 

You can find out more about Park Farm West here.

Access & Transport/Highways Contributions

Vehicular access is via two new junctions onto New Road.

A safe pedestrian route will be integrated into the scheme, to adjoin a new section of footpath that is to be provided along New Road and the A271 to the east. 

The site will be supported with the provision of a new bus service which will complete a short loop of the site.

During the consultation process for the approved application at Park Farm West, we were made aware that local residents had concerns in respect to existing and potential traffic congestion.  After undertaking traffic surveys and transport modelling, we were able to accurately understand how vehicles use the highway network in the surrounding area, thus helping mitigate the impact of additional traffic as a result of the development. A comprehensive package of highway improvements in the vicinity of the site, together with contributions towards wider highway network improvements were agreed.  These include:

  • A contribution of £525,000 towards junction improvements at the Leaps Cross Roundabout
  • Construction of a new roundabout to upgrade the Featherbed Lane/New Road/A271 Junction
  • Provision of new bus stops onto New Road together with the relocation and upgrade of existing bus stops on the A271, including new shelters, poles and pedestrian crossings
  • A contribution of £48,000 towards new RTPI Bus stop signs
  • Provision of footway along New Road and improvements to existing footpath in the Hellingly Green development
  • Provision of a toucan crossing onto New Road

Given the work undertaken to date, we have a understanding of the existing highway network and this, together with further consultation and our continued liaison with Wealden District Council and East Sussex County Council enables us to be confident that we can deliver a suitable package of enhanced highway improvements and additional financial contributions to ensure the traffic generated as a result of Park Farm East does not adversely impact the highway network.

Ecology

We have completed a full suite of ecology surveys including Great Crested Newts, Bats, Dormice, Badgers, Reptiles and breeding birds. The main areas of ecological interest are in the existing hedgerows and trees, on site watercourses and adjoining woodland.

The sites are also located within the wider surrounds of a number of ecological designations, with the nearest, Jarvis’s, Nobody’s and Park Wood Complex Local Wildlife Site, located adjacent to the site boundary. 

The masterplans for both sites have been informed by the results of the ecology surveys and have been carefully designed around maintaining habitats of ecological value, namely the established boundary habitats.

The development proposed will also incorporate large areas of public open space which will provide the opportunity for significant ecological enhancement on both sites.

Such measures will include creation of wildflower grassland, wetland habitat, and new tree and shrub planting, whilst additional roosting and nesting opportunities will be created for bats and birds, in addition to hibernacula for reptiles, and creation of brash piles for small mammals such as Hedgehog.

Protection of the water course which runs through the site and provision of biodiversity opportunities through careful design and extensive landscape areas with new trees and native planting.

Public Consultation

Catesby Estates have been promoting both land sites Park Farm West and Park Farm East for residential development and public open space.

We held two consultation events for local residents in September 2019, to view our initial proposals for both land parcels. 

Following a virtual planning committee (June 2020), Wealden District Council, in line with the Planning Officer’s recommendation resolved to grant outline planning permission for 370 new homes and public open space on the Park Farm West site.

We are now finalising our proposals for the site Park Farm East. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about many changes across the country, including how public consultation for new development can be carried out.  How we interact and share our views has changed for at least the short to medium term and we have had to adapt our usual consultation techniques due to social distancing restrictions.

The website contains the information we would normally use at a public exhibition, along with a number of external links to key topics that we hope you will find informative.

You Can Submit Your Feedback In A Number Of Ways:

  • Online via this website by completing the Have Your Say Form 
  • Via email: info@catesbyestates.co.uk
  • Via telephone:  01926 836910
  • Or finally via post (no stamp required) simply using the address freepost: CATESBY ESTATES

Should you wish to comment on the proposals, please let us have your feedback by no later than the 16th December 2020.

Catesby Estates will be submitting an outline planning application later in the year which will set out the principles of the development including the number of new homes and site access. 

Should the application be approved, we will work with housebuilders to deliver a range of new homes with first residents taking occupation in 2022.

Struggling To Get On The Housing Ladder?

Are you struggling to get on the housing ladder to buy your own home, or on the Local Council Housing Register?

Be the first to hear the latest news on our Affordable Homes by emailing us at:

info@catesbyestates.co.uk or via this website by completing the Have Your Say Form on this website.

We are keen to hear from young professionals and key workers who are looking to get on the housing ladder in Hellingly.

Background

The land at Park Farm East is located to the north of Hailsham within the parish of Hellingly. 

The site was identified as a draft housing allocation for 400 new homes in the now withdrawn Local Plan.  Before the draft Local Plan, Park Farm already formed part of the North Hailsham Strategic Development Area – an urban extension area designated under the adopted Core Strategy 2013. (page 42).

The Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan, however in the meantime there remains a significant need to deliver new homes in the short term.  Wealden District Council can only demonstrate 3.79 years housing supply against their current need, which is far short of the 5 years the Government requires.

Development of the land at Park Farm is in line with the Council’s spatial strategy for development and is located in an area long envisaged as providing an extension to Hailsham.  It offers the opportunity to provide high quality, well designed homes to support the Council in meeting housing need in the district.

As part of the development a substantial package of improvements to services, open space and recreation areas and contribution to essential local facilities and strategic services such as roads, schools and healthcare will also be secured.     

We are now finalising our proposals for site Park Farm East.  We need your help to ensure we deliver a sensitively designed scheme that is tailored to fit the character of Hellingly and the surrounding landscape. 

You can find out more about Park Farm West here.

Access & Transport/Highways Contributions

Vehicular access is via two new junctions onto New Road.

A safe pedestrian route will be integrated into the scheme, to adjoin a new section of footpath that is to be provided along New Road and the A271 to the east. 

The site will be supported with the provision of a new bus service which will complete a short loop of the site.

During the consultation process for the approved application at Park Farm West, we were made aware that local residents had concerns in respect to existing and potential traffic congestion.  After undertaking traffic surveys and transport modelling, we were able to accurately understand how vehicles use the highway network in the surrounding area, thus helping mitigate the impact of additional traffic as a result of the development. A comprehensive package of highway improvements in the vicinity of the site, together with contributions towards wider highway network improvements were agreed.  These include:

  • A contribution of £525,000 towards junction improvements at the Leaps Cross Roundabout
  • Construction of a new roundabout to upgrade the Featherbed Lane/New Road/A271 Junction
  • Provision of new bus stops onto New Road together with the relocation and upgrade of existing bus stops on the A271, including new shelters, poles and pedestrian crossings
  • A contribution of £48,000 towards new RTPI Bus stop signs
  • Provision of footway along New Road and improvements to existing footpath in the Hellingly Green development
  • Provision of a toucan crossing onto New Road

Given the work undertaken to date, we have a understanding of the existing highway network and this, together with further consultation and our continued liaison with Wealden District Council and East Sussex County Council enables us to be confident that we can deliver a suitable package of enhanced highway improvements and additional financial contributions to ensure the traffic generated as a result of Park Farm East does not adversely impact the highway network.

Ecology

We have completed a full suite of ecology surveys including Great Crested Newts, Bats, Dormice, Badgers, Reptiles and breeding birds. The main areas of ecological interest are in the existing hedgerows and trees, on site watercourses and adjoining woodland.

The sites are also located within the wider surrounds of a number of ecological designations, with the nearest, Jarvis’s, Nobody’s and Park Wood Complex Local Wildlife Site, located adjacent to the site boundary. 

The masterplans for both sites have been informed by the results of the ecology surveys and have been carefully designed around maintaining habitats of ecological value, namely the established boundary habitats.

The development proposed will also incorporate large areas of public open space which will provide the opportunity for significant ecological enhancement on both sites.

Such measures will include creation of wildflower grassland, wetland habitat, and new tree and shrub planting, whilst additional roosting and nesting opportunities will be created for bats and birds, in addition to hibernacula for reptiles, and creation of brash piles for small mammals such as Hedgehog.

Protection of the water course which runs through the site and provision of biodiversity opportunities through careful design and extensive landscape areas with new trees and native planting.

Public Consultation

Catesby Estates have been promoting both land sites Park Farm West and Park Farm East for residential development and public open space.

We held two consultation events for local residents in September 2019, to view our initial proposals for both land parcels. 

Following a virtual planning committee (June 2020), Wealden District Council, in line with the Planning Officer’s recommendation resolved to grant outline planning permission for 370 new homes and public open space on the Park Farm West site.

We are now finalising our proposals for the site Park Farm East. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about many changes across the country, including how public consultation for new development can be carried out.  How we interact and share our views has changed for at least the short to medium term and we have had to adapt our usual consultation techniques due to social distancing restrictions.

The website contains the information we would normally use at a public exhibition, along with a number of external links to key topics that we hope you will find informative.

You Can Submit Your Feedback In A Number Of Ways:

  • Online via this website by completing the Have Your Say Form 
  • Via email: info@catesbyestates.co.uk
  • Via telephone:  01926 836910
  • Or finally via post (no stamp required) simply using the address freepost: CATESBY ESTATES

Should you wish to comment on the proposals, please let us have your feedback by no later than the 16th December 2020.

Catesby Estates will be submitting an outline planning application later in the year which will set out the principles of the development including the number of new homes and site access. 

Should the application be approved, we will work with housebuilders to deliver a range of new homes with first residents taking occupation in 2022.

Struggling To Get On The Housing Ladder?

Are you struggling to get on the housing ladder to buy your own home, or on the Local Council Housing Register?

Be the first to hear the latest news on our Affordable Homes by emailing us at:

info@catesbyestates.co.uk or via this website by completing the Have Your Say Form on this website.

We are keen to hear from young professionals and key workers who are looking to get on the housing ladder in Hellingly.

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