Plans for Sidley homes unveiled at exhibition

The proposals
The proposals

Plans for a new housing development on the outskirts of Sidley went on display to the public on Wednesday (October 14).

Persimmon Homes South East is hoping to build around 136 homes on land at Preston Hall Farm, as part of the expansion of north east Bexhill.

The developer says 30 percent of the dwellings will be affordable housing, offering tenures including shared equity.

The main access to the site would be off Watermill Lane, leading to an internal road.

Persimmon Homes wrote to 300 homes in the area, inviting residents to attend the one-day exhibition at Sidley Community Centre.

James Amos, strategic planning manager at Persimmon Homes, said the reaction from the public to the proposed development had been mixed.

But he said all comments would be taken into account ahead of the submission of a planning application next month.

Speaking at the exhibition, Mr Amos said: “We have had some positive comments, but I would say the majority are negative.

“People are concerned about traffic and people immediately by the site are concerned about the loss of privacy and some people are concerned about badgers. We are going to make our planning application towards the end of November and we need to provide full information on ecology and wildlife so the council can make a reasoned judgement.”

Mr Amos added the developer was aiming to keep as many trees as possible on the site.

He said: “We are building round the trees and stream on the site and keeping that as part of the development.”

Among those who attended Wednesday’s exhibition were eight Rother District Councillors.

When the planning application is submitted, the council’s planning committee will make a decision on the plans, which will be available on the council’s website prior to the meeting.