Worsham plans discussion

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A major planning application, which will change the face of North East Bexhill, will be discussed by Rother councillors on Thursday (November 12).

The outline application for the ‘urban extension’ includes plans for 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.

If the plans are given the go-ahead, developers will demolish the 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.

The planning application, which was submitted by Bovis Homes Ltd, states that 30 percent of the 1,050 dwellings planned for the site will be affordable homes.

The plans also include three access roads leading onto the site from the Gateway Road, open space and amenity green space.

The whole development will be spread across approximately 57 hectares of land.

Rother District Council has received 20 objections to the application from members of the public.

Objectors have raised various concerns about the plans, including the impact the development would have on local infrastructure, loss of ecological habitat, the deterioration in air quality, the increase in noise pollution and concerns about traffic.

The Rother Environmental Group and The Friends of Combe Valley Countryside Park are urging the council to impose conditions to help protect the local environment.

The Ramblers Association has objected over the potential loss of a public footpath on the site.

Rother District Council’s planning committee will meet at Bexhill Town Hall on November 12, from 9.30am.

The meeting will be open to members of the public.