Worsham plans one step closer

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A new development, which will see more than 1,000 new homes built in North East Bexhill, has moved one step closer.

Rother District Council’s planning committee decided to grant outline planning permission for the ‘urban extension’ to include 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.

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.

The outline plans were approved at a council meeting on Thursday (November 12), subject to some minor conditions.

However the granting of outline planning permission does not mean that work can begin.

A further planning application, going into greater detail about the buildings planned for the site, will have to be submitted.

Work on the development cannot start until Rother District Council’s planning committee gives the green light to this application.

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

Objectors raised various concerns about the plans, including the impact the development would have on local infrastructure and concerns about traffic.