Resident blasts ‘utterly ridiculous’ plans


A resident has branded a proposal to knock down two buildings and replace them with six new homes as ‘utterly ridiculous’.

A developer has applied to Rother District Council for planning permission to demolish the two buildings standing at the junction of St Mary’s Lane and Ninfield Road, replacing them with the new dwellings.

But one objector has called on Rother to ‘reject the plans immediately’, expressing fears that allowing traffic to access the site via St Mary’s Lane would be highly dangerous.

Commenting on the proposal on the Rother District Council website, Bexhill resident Richard Porter said: “This is an utterly ridiculous proposal.

“Access being via St Mary’s Lane would make it very dangerous.

“Turning out of St Mary’s Lane on to Ninfield Road is fraught with danger due to the angle making it difficult to view traffic coming from the right.

“The alternative doesn’t even bear thinking about.

“St Mary’s Lane is totally inadequate for the traffic that it carries now without adding to it.

“This application should be rejected immediately without further thought.”

In the application, the developer says the scheme ‘cannot be considered to cause a severe impact upon the road network’ and pointed out the development would be served by the approved North Bexhill Access Road.

As the developer is only applying for outline planning permission at this time, the number of bedrooms which would be in each dwelling is not yet included. It would be included in a detailed follow-up planning application.

Rother District Council’s planning committee will make a decision on the plans at a later date.

To register views on the proposal, visit RDC’s website at

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