Village Concerns

an Action Group seeking to protect the Parish

of East Hoathly with Halland from overdevelopment

What is Village Concerns

Village Concerns is an Action Group campaigning to protect the character and ambience of the Parish of East Hoathly with Halland in East Sussex.  It endeavours to ensure that development in the Parish is sustainable.  It aims to monitor housing proposals and galvanise the community to either endorse beneficial developments or challenge those that are unsustainable.

Village Concerns was established in 2016 when a developer submitted a proposal to build 205 homes in the parish on greenfield land which would increase the number of homes in the village of East Hoathly by 63 %.  This was followed by other developers putting forward proposals for an additional 200 homes in East Hoathly and 90 elsewhere in the Parish.

This follows on from a development in 2009 where 75 homes were built in East Hoathly increasing the size of the community by 25 %.

What Can I Do ?

If you would like to do something about this then become a supporter of Village Concerns.  Join our mailing list by contacting us with your email address.  We will then send you Updates on current planning applications and give advice on how to object.  Go to the Contact page or email: villageconcerns2016@gmail.com

Our latest Update 131: Our battle to get justice over the Hesmond’s Planning Application has gone on for a long time, cost a lot of money and suffered a significant set-back in November when a Judge did not grant permission for the case to proceed.  However, we applied for an Oral Hearing to appeal that decision.  

The Oral Hearing took place on 12 January and our Barrister Jenny Wigley QC argued our case clearly and strongly.  The case was based on 2 Grounds - A failure to consider the housing mix for the proposed development and misleading the Planning Committee over their ability to restrict the number of houses at Reserve Matters.  The Judge agreed and dismissed the arguments of the legal teams representing Wealden District Council and Hesmond’s Stud.  We now have permission for a full Judicial Review Hearing on both our Grounds.  This is a really significant moment and, although the official wording of the decision is yet to be published, it was joyous to hear a Judge summarise our case as having a very strong basis to take forward.  

We expect to be given a Full Hearing date sometime in the Summer and feel confident that our case will again prevail.  This will be the final stage of the process.  

Once the full decision has been published we will let you know the plan of action.  Until then, enjoy this bit of excellent news and we thank you all for your support along the way.

A library of all previous Updates is located in the Reference Library.

              Who Runs Village Concerns

Village Concerns is run by a Steering Group elected at an Annual General Meeting.  The Steering Group maintains an email list of supporters.  The meetings take place at The Kings Head pub (virtually during Covid Restrictions) and the current members of the Steering Group are:

Kate Richardson                       Joint Chair

Katherine Gutkind                    Joint Chair

Victoria Aldridge

Jan Burdon

Andy Burns

Mike Hill

Gill Kennedy                               Treasurer

Jonathan Walker

The Steering Group is very keen to have new members.   If you have any experience with planning, legal matters or fundraising then please let us know.