Council seeks land for over 1,100 new homes in Bexhill by 2028

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Rother District Council has revealed a list of its preferred sites to accommodate new homes in Bexhill.

A few years ago, Rother’s Core Strategy set out a requirement for at least 3,100 new homes to be built in the town between 2011 and 2028.

Of this, 318 have been constructed to date, with planning permission granted for a further 1,631 - many of these in North East Bexhill by the Link Road.

This means Rother has to find land for 1,151 homes by 2028.

The local authority initially considered 43 potential sites for housing, before whittling them down to the final 11::

* Land at Preston Hall Farm (135 dwellings)

* North Bexhill (450 dwellings)

* Former High School Site and Drill Hall, Down Road (30 dwellings)

* Land at Gullivers Bowls Club Knole Road (39 sheltered housing units)

* Cemetery Lodge Field/276 Turkey Road (30 dwellings)

* Land at Moleynes Mead, Fryatts Way (22 dwellings)

* Land South of Terminus Road (six dwellings)

* 12-14 Sutherland Avenue

* Land off Spindlewood Drive (160 dwellings)

* Barnhorn Green expansion (67 dwellings)

* Northeye (former United Arab Emirates Technical Training Project) (115 dwellings).

Alternatively, Rother says that Northeye, a former RAF base and prison, could provide some 11,000sqm of business floorspace, a holiday park or go back to an ‘institutional use’.

The council has also earmarked space at the old High School site for a wet/dry leisure facility, large hotel, restaurant space, plus car/coach parking for a nearby school.

The new dwellings will include affordable housing.

The council is also looking for 27,262sqm of new business space, to meet its target of 60,000sqm up to 2028.

Land at Levetts Wood and Oaktree Farm, Sidley, is being earmarked for this purpose.

Other potential housing sites have been identified across rural Rother, including in Beckley Four Oaks, Broad Oak, Camber, Catsfield, Hurst Green, Iden, Northiam, Peasmarsh, Rye Harbour and Westfield.

A public consultation is to be launched shortly.

Visit www.rother.gov.uk for more information.

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