Planning Applications

Village Concerns

an Action Group seeking to protect the Parish

of East Hoathly with Halland from overdevelopment

Planning Applications

Potential Development Sites


Potential development sites were identified by Wealden in the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA).  These sites began to be identified in 2015 and were assessed for their suitability.  This was published in January 2019 as part of the Local Plan process.  Wealden then withrdrew the Local Plan and have begun a new Local Plan process with a new call for landowners to submit sites for potential development.  This map shows the position as at October 2020.  All previous sites and the newly submitted ones will now be subject to a new SHELAA process and a revised suitability assessment will be published in due course.


Land put forward for assessment will not necessarily be developed but it will be considered.  Also, until Wealden get a new Local Plan in place and without a 5 Year Land Supply target being acheived, our Parish will remain vulnerable to speculative planning applications such as the recently approved Hesmonds development.  This included land that was not submitted as part of any SHELAA assessment which indicates that even the SHELAA submissions do not limit the scope of development when a 5 Year Land Supply cannot be demonstrated.

Hesmonds Stud


Status : Approved at PCS 16 July 2020 - VC are considering a legal challenge against the decision.


205 Homes


This application was first submitted in 2016.  It began as a Hybrid application to build 205 homes on London Road and also to build an equestrian centre and managers house on Ailies Lane.  The Ailies Lane element was withdrawn although it remained unclear if this element would be submitted separately.  The site was outside the Proposed East Hoathly Development Boundary and did not comply with the saved Wealden Plans nor the emerging Wealden Local Plan (now withdrawn).


Link to Application Details at Wealden - Application Number: WD/2016/2796/MAO.


Link to Village Concerns Objection to this Application - Jan 2017.

Link to Village Concerns Objection to this Application - Feb 2017.

Link to Village Concerns Objection to this Application - Jan 2018.

Link to Village Concerns Objection to this Application - Feb 2019.

Link to Village Concerns Objection to this Application - Jun 2019.

Link to Village Concerns Objection to this Application - Jan 2020.

Link to Village Concerns Objection to this Application - Mar 2020.


Link to Village Concerns Response to Officers Report.


Link to Village Concerns Transport Study.


Link to Heritage Consultant's Submission.


Lint to Heritage Assets Submission.


Links to Planning Committee - Transcript.


                                                      - Video.


South Street


Status: 2018 First Application  - Appeal for Non Determination Dismissed.

              2019 Second Application -  Rejected at PCS 27 May 2020 - Appeal Submitted - Live.

              2020 Third Application - Rejected at PCS 25 February 2021.


First Application - 74 Homes.  

Second Application - 74 Homes, later amended to 55.

Third Application - 50 Homes.


The First Application was first submitted in 2018.  The initial intention of the developer was to build 140 homes on South Street.  The application reduced this to 74 homes.  The site was outside the Proposed East Hoathly Development Boundary and did not comply with the saved Wealden Plans nor the emerging Wealden Local Plan (now withdrawn).  This First Application went to Appeal on the grounds of Non Determination and the Appeal was dismissed with Wealden stating at the Appeal that they would have rejected the Application.


The Second Application in 2019 was initially for 74 homes but then had several new documents submitted which reduced the number of proposed homes to 55.  This was rejected at PCS on 27 May 2020.  The developer has appealled against this decision and that Appeal is Live.


The Third Application in 2020 has been submitted before the outcome of the Appeal for the Second Application.  This is for 50 homes.  Please note that none of the objections to previous applications is carried forward.  You have to comment again.


First Application


Link to First Application Details at Wealden - Application Number: WD/2018/1508/MAO.


Link to First Application Appeal - Reference: APP/C1435/W/3223599.


Link to Village Concerns Objection to Application WD/2018/1508/MAO.


Link to Wealden District Council Appeal Statement for Application WD/2018/1508/MAO.


Link to Appeal Decision: APP/C1435/W/3223599.


Second Application


Link to Second Application Details at Wealden - Application Number: WD/2019/1674/MAO.


Link to Second Application Appeal - Reference: APP/C1435/W/20/3257830.


Link to Village Con-cerns Objection to Application WD/2019/1674/MAO.


Link to Village Concerns Submission to Appeal APP/C1435/W/20/3257830.


Third Application


Link to Third Application Details at Wealden - Application Number: WD/2020/1848/MAO.


Link to Planning Committee - Video.



This Photograph of the site was taken just by the very fragrant Sewage Works

Bramblebank


Status: Rejected by Delegated Decision - January 2021


30 Homes


This application was submitted in 2016.  It proposes the demolition of a house on Lewes Road to provide access to build 4 x One bed flats, 4 x Two bed houses, 11 x Three bed houses and 11 x Four bed houses.  The site is adjacent to the Proposed Halland Core Area but fails to comply with the emerging Wealden Local Plan in relation to the the size of the development and the size of the houses proposed (Must be 1/2 bed homes and no more than 5 per development)  Also Halland does not currently have a housing Allocation nor a Windfall Allowance in the emerging Wealden Local Plan.


Link to Application Details at Wealden - Application Number: WD/2016/2343/MAO


Link to Village Concerns Objection to this Application.

Hop Garden


Status: Appealled for Non Determination - Appeal Dismissed


21 Homes


This application was first submitted in 2017.  The proposal is to build 4 x One bed flats, 3 x Two bed houses, 8 x Three bed houses and 6 x Four bed houses.  The site is outside and not adjacent to the Proposed Halland Core Area and therefore does not comply with the emerging Wealden Local Plan (currently under examination by the Planning Inspectorate).  It also fails to comply with the emerging Wealden Local Plan in relation to the the size of the development and the size of the houses proposed (Must be 1/2 bed homes and no more than 5 per development)  Also Halland does not currently have a housing Allocation nor a Windfall Allowance in the emerging Wealden Local Plan.


Link to Application Details at Wealden - Application Number: WD/2017/0331/MAJ.


Link to Appeal Decision APP/C1435/W19/3226973.


Halland Forge


Status: Planning Application - Refused

              Appeal Submitted - Rejected


21 Homes


This application was submitted in 2018.  It proposed to use an approved planning consent for a hotel extension to build 21 flats in the grounds of the Halland Forge.  It proposed 13 x One bed flats, 7 x Two bed flats and 1 x Three bed flat.  The site is adjacent to the Proposed Halland Core Area but fails to comply with the emerging Wealden Local Plan in relation to the the size of the development and the size of the houses proposed (Must be 1/2 bed homes and no more than 5 per development)  Also Halland does not currently have a housing Allocation nor a Windfall Allowance in the emerging Wealden Local Plan.  This proposal also posed significant access issues and segragation issues with the Hotel.  The application was refused by Wealden.


Link to Application Details at Wealden - Application Number: WD/2018/0320/MAJ 


Link to Village Concerns Objection to this Application.


Link to Appeal - Reference: APP/C1435/W/19/3229579


Link to Village Concerns Appeal Statement.


Link to Appeal Decision

Old Hartfield


Status: Second Application Approved - Dec 2019


First Application  - 4 Homes

Second Application  - 6 Homes


This application was submitted in 2018 replacing an earlier one in 2017 for 4 x Five bed houses.  The new application proposes 6 x Two bed semi-detached houses.  The site is within the Proposed Halland Core Area.  The 2017 Application does not conform with the emerging Wealden Local Plan as the proposed houses are too large.  The 2018 Application conforms with the restriction of the emerging Wealden Local Plan for homes within the Core Area of 1/2 beds.


Link to Application Details at Wealden - Application Number:

WD/2017/0536/F


Link to Application Details at Wealden - Application Number: WD/2018/2627/F

Buttsfield Lane


Status: First Application - Appealled for Non Determination - Appeal Dismissed

             New Application - Live


2 Homes


This application was first submitted in 2016.  This site has no acceptable vehicle access for construction nor for residents.  The site was outside the East Hoathly Development Boundary and did not comply with the saved Wealden Plans nor the emerging Wealden Local Plan (now withdrawn).  The applicant submitted an appeal on the grounds of Non Determination and this appeal was dismissed.  A new, virtually identical application was submitted in 2020.


Link to First Application Details at Wealden - Application Number: WD/2016/2268/F.


Link to New Application Details at Wealden - Application Number: WD/2020/1472/F.


Link to Appeal - Reference: APP/C1435/W/18/3216971.


Link to Appeal Decision: APP/C1435/W/18/3216971.

Circle of Oaks


Status: Live


32 Homes - This has been reduced to 29 homes and the latest reduction is to 26.


This application was believed to have been submitted to Wealden in 2018 but only listed as a live application in October 2019. The site is outside the Proposed East Hoathly Development Boundary and does not comply with the saved Wealden Plans nor the emerging Wealden Local Plan (currently under examination by the Planning Inspectorate).  It proposes the demolition of a building inside the Conservation Area and building in the green gap between the village and the end of South Street.  It would envelop the Circle of Oaks with houses.


Amended documents added 20 December 2019 reducing the number of homes to 29 but not changing the fundamental reasons to object to this application.  This has been reduced again to 26 homes in August 2020 and we are reviewing this change.


Link to Application Details at Wealden - Application Number: WD/2018/2741/MAO


Link to Village Concerns Objection to this Application