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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 email is always shown at the bottom of this home page and 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:

Tania Freezer                             Joint Chair


Katherine Gutkind                    Joint Chair


Andy Burns


Mike Hill


Fleur Jones


Gill Kennedy                               Treasurer


Kate Richardson


Carole Ridout


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.

Village Concerns Update 103



A new planning application has been submitted for the bottom of South Street.  This application is for up to 50 residental dwellings.  The reference number for the new application is WD/2020/1848/MAO.


https://planning.wealden.gov.uk/searchresults.aspx? SearchType=15&Applica,onNumber=WD%2F2020%2F1848%2FMAO


It remains so important that people let Wealden District Council and the Planning Inspector know their views.  Village Concerns are reviewing the application and will be providing guidance for commenting in due course.


Because this is a NEW application none of the previous objections will be carried forwards and you need to object again.


The closing date for objections is December 25th.


The Parish Council are holding a planning mee,ng to discuss this application on Wednesday 25th November at 7pm. Anyone wishing to participate in this meeting virtually needs to contact the Clerk at least 24 hours before the meeting - 07948 496760 or easthoathlywithhallandpc@gmail.com


This is now the third application for this site. [The initial intention of the developer was to build 140 homes on South Street.]  The very first application was for 74 houses.  This was refused by Wealden District Council and a subsequent appeal to the Planning Inspectorate was lost.  The second application for 55 houses was turned down by Wealden District Council this summer and is currently being appealed by the applicant.  


The consultation for this appeal with the Planning Inspector ends on December 2nd and there is still time to comment:


The link to do your submission is: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?caseid=3257830


Once there, click on the: Make representation tab box clearly seen.  From there, click on the save and continue tab which will take you to the Form to fill out.


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