Park Farm East, Hellingly, Hailsham, East Sussex

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An outline planning application for Park Farm East has now been submitted to  Wealden District Council (February 2022).  The application will be available to view on the Council’s website once it has been validated and registered. 

The application includes:

  • Reduction in final number of proposed homes by 10% from 400 to 360
  • 35% affordable housing
  • A mix of housing types of 1- 4 bed homes
  • Football pitches
  • Allotments
  • Extension to Hellingly Country Park
  • Range of play areas including a local equipped area of play (LEAP)
  • Minimum 10% net biodiversity gain across the site
  • Green links through the developable area, and the site is designed to prioritise sustainable and active modes of travel, including walking, cycling, bus travel and electric vehicles   
  • A range of off-site improvements to highways and public transport, including upgrades to existing pedestrian/cycle links and local bus stops

Statutory consultees (e.g. Environment Agency, Highways England, Natural England and the Parish Council) and local residents will then have the opportunity to formally comment on the application. 

We will continue to work closely with the Council and where necessary will respond to statutory consultees.

However, should you wish to submit further feedback directly to Catesby Estates you can do this via the Have Your Say Form on this website.

An outline planning application seeks to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the local planning authority, before a second fully detailed planning application is put forward, which is called a Reserved Matters.

A Reserved Matters application typically include information about the layout, scale and appearance of the development.  No development can take place on site until the Reserved Matters application has been consented.

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The site was identified as a draft housing allocation for 400 new homes in the now withdrawn Local Plan.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.     

Park Farm West was sold to Taylor Wimpey (August 2021).  The site includes 370 new homes, 35% affordable housing, extensive public open space and play areas including an extension to the existing Hellingly Country Park.  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.

A further letter drop detailing the proposals for Park Farm East was carried out in December 2020.

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

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

An outline planning application for Park Farm East has now been submitted to  Wealden District Council (February 2022).  The application will be available to view on the Council’s website once it has been validated and registered. 

The application includes:

  • Reduction in final number of proposed homes by 10% from 400 to 360
  • 35% affordable housing
  • A mix of housing types of 1- 4 bed homes
  • Football pitches
  • Allotments
  • Extension to Hellingly Country Park
  • Range of play areas including a local equipped area of play (LEAP)
  • Minimum 10% net biodiversity gain across the site
  • Green links through the developable area, and the site is designed to prioritise sustainable and active modes of travel, including walking, cycling, bus travel and electric vehicles   
  • A range of off-site improvements to highways and public transport, including upgrades to existing pedestrian/cycle links and local bus stops

Statutory consultees (e.g. Environment Agency, Highways England, Natural England and the Parish Council) and local residents will then have the opportunity to formally comment on the application. 

We will continue to work closely with the Council and where necessary will respond to statutory consultees.

However, should you wish to submit further feedback directly to Catesby Estates you can do this via the Have Your Say Form on this website.

An outline planning application seeks to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the local planning authority, before a second fully detailed planning application is put forward, which is called a Reserved Matters.

A Reserved Matters application typically include information about the layout, scale and appearance of the development.  No development can take place on site until the Reserved Matters application has been consented.

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.     

Park Farm West was sold to Taylor Wimpey (August 2021).  The site includes 370 new homes, 35% affordable housing, extensive public open space and play areas including an extension to the existing Hellingly Country Park.  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.

A further letter drop detailing the proposals for Park Farm East was carried out in December 2020.

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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