Newsletter from Chairman of Maresfield Parish Council - January 2016...........
As I write this at the beginning of December we have just held an extra meeting of the Parish Council to consider the planning application from Rydon Homes for 25 dwellings on the land south west of Wellington Gate Maresfield bordering the A22. The public part of the meeting was very well attended by many village residents, particularly from Wellington Gate, and they were unanimous in their deep felt concerns about the proposed access to the new development which is through the narrow and often congested roads of Wellington Gate.
Rydon Homes, whose planning application includes an area of open land to the north east of Wellington Gate to be donated to the Parish, would appear to have listened to and understood local voices; the application is also in respect of one of the three sites recommended by our Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group for the location of the total of 50 houses to be built in Maresfield under the current Wealden Local Plan. The Parish Council voted to recommend approval of this planning application though it has attached a number of comments and proposed conditions, particularly in regard to the access proposals. We await the decision of Wealden DC - possibly at their Planning Committee (North) meeting this month (January).
We have no control of, nor can we influence what further applications come forward; nor, unfortunately, have our site recommendations yet become formal planning policy. As you will appreciate Wealden's planning policy precludes any new development in Nutley or Fairwarp.
Meanwhile our NDP has been further delayed as Wealden DC seems to be insisting that various detailed technical assessments are prepared which we (and our advisors) consider unnecessary, as the relevant matters were fully dealt with by Wealden DC when it prepared its current adopted Local Plan.
And please do look at the Council's web site - www.maresfieldparish.org.uk - which records information about the Council, its members and numerous documents including minutes of Council and Committee meeting and much of the background information and data for the NDP including details of all the potential development sites in Maresfield.
Since I last wrote a newsletter Cllr James Wyburd has resigned from the Parish Council and I wish to record our thanks for his contribution. We have a number of vacancies for Councillors on the Parish Council and the Clerk and I would welcome enquiries from anyone who would like to know more about how they might fulfil this worthwhile community role.
In conclusion may I on behalf of your Parish Council and the Clerk wish all the residents of our Parish a Happy and Peaceful New Year.
Martin Craddock - Chairman of Maresfield Parish Council