Catesby Estates plc, is pleased to announce planning permission has been granted for 63 houses on a 9.1 acre greenfield site in Battle, by Rother District Council planning committee.

As the location for the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Battle has an abundance of heritage assets which needed to be considered during the planning application.  The project team developed a carefully designed layout which meant the scheme had no heritage impact as agreed by Historic England.  As a result of this careful and high quality design led approach, the scheme was commended by Members of the planning committee during the debate.

Battle is one of the largest towns in the District and sits wholly within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB.  Therefore some loss of the AONB is required to deliver the necessary housing numbers, an accepted point in the Council’s adopted Core Strategy.

With less than 3.7 years housing land supply and delays to the part 2 Local Plan which allocates housing sites, there were considerable public benefits in delivering housing in a District where the average house price is almost 12 times the average income. This was recognised by Committee Members, particularly as the scheme delivers 22 policy compliant affordable homes.

The housebuilder is expected to be onsite late 2018 with first home sales in 2019.