Bexhill resident ‘ignored’ by Worsham developers

Philip Dansbury pictured in front of Boulder Cottage. SUS-151231-102446001
Philip Dansbury pictured in front of Boulder Cottage. SUS-151231-102446001
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The upcoming development of Worsham Farm is worrying one resident who believes his historic home has been ignored in the plans.

Philip Danbury, of Boulder Cottage, Worsham Lane, lives in one of the oldest houses in Bexhill but could soon be surrounded by a primary school and housing.

Philip Dansbury pictured in Worsham Lane, Bexhill. SUS-151231-102516001

Philip Dansbury pictured in Worsham Lane, Bexhill. SUS-151231-102516001

He says the value of his home has tumbled and no one will buy it, with one close deal falling through because of the planning permission.

Mr Danbury just wants his voice to be heard as he has tried to find out more information but keeps being ignored.

“Nobody ever said anything about Boulder Cottage,” he said.

“They won’t talk to me – it’s ridiculous.

Worsham Lane, Bexhill. Boulder Cottage is to the left in this photograph. SUS-151231-102413001

Worsham Lane, Bexhill. Boulder Cottage is to the left in this photograph. SUS-151231-102413001

“I’m trying to get my voice heard but even the former MP Gregg Barker wouldn’t talk to me.

“I’m in limbo now for the next three or four years.”

Rother District Council gave outline approval to the proposal for more than 1,000 homes on Worsham Farm in November.

Developer Bovis Homes have since applied for full planning permission with greater detail about its proposal.

Before the initial approval, Mr Danbury said he went to a public consultation but did not find it helpful.

He’s also tried to contact the landowner Trinity College Cambridge who he says is trying to sell the lane which is his only access.

“They need to talk to me first –it would be nice if someone came and spoke to me but everybody blanks me,” he said.

“How am I going to fit in around them?

“Everybody wants to ignore me.

“I can’t sell my house as no one will buy it because of the planning permission around it.

“I just want someone to speak to me so I know what I’m doing.”

Mr Danbury wants to move house but does not hold much hope with the upcoming development putting off potential buyers.

He even suggested offering his land to the developers but they will not talk to him.

The Worsham development includes up to 1,050 new homes, up to 7,000 sqm of business floorspace, a primary school, children’s nursery, commercial premises, community building and a sports pavilion.

The plans include the demolition of farm buildings and structures currently standing on the site, with the exception of the historic main barn and attached annex at Lower Worsham Farm and historic walls at Upper Worsham Farm.

A Bovis spokesman said: “We have held a full consultation about these exciting proposals for Bexhill, and wherever possible we have shaped the plans based on feedback received from local people.

“One such example of this is at Boulder Cottage where, following discussions with Mr Danbury at the consultation event, we revised the proposals to include a green buffer zone between the respective boundaries of the cottage and the school.

“We emailed Mr Danbury to inform him of this back in July and have received no further correspondence from him that we are aware of.

“Also Mr Danbury’s existing right of way to Boulder Cottage will be maintained within our plans.”

Landowners Trinity College ‘understands’ the scheme has been changed give Boulder Cottage a larger buffer.

A spokesman said the college has no record of Mr Dansbury contacted them but he has not been ignored as he expressed his concerns at the consultation.

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