17 KNOTWEED - WD/2015/0090/MAO
WD/2015/0090/MAO - CONDITION 17 - JAPANESE KNOTWEED
17. No development shall commence until a detailed up-to-date survey of the presence of
Japanese Knotweed within both the site and its vicinity shall be carried out. A resulting
scheme for the control of Japanese Knotweed on site, and its eradication from the site,
shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning
the development shall be carried out in accordance with that scheme.
LATIMER, THAKEHAM, CLARION (GROUP) - LIST OF PERSONS INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT
Peter Rawlinson - Gleeson Strategic Land
Ben Rainbow - Arboricultural & Biodiversity Officer
Steve Tuhey - Managing Director, Thakeham Client
Richard White, Director of Land and Planning at Latimer & Clarion Housing Group
LATIMER DEVELOPMENTS - Previously: William Sutton Developments Limited
Christopher John Hatfield
Ruth Margaret Cooke
David Simon Fordham
Austen Barry Reid
Rupert Owen Sebag-Montefiore
Mark Christopher Rogers
David Anthony Lewis
Southern Water - Nick Claxton Team Manager – Flood Risk Management & Revai Kinsella, Principal Drainage Officer
WD/2015/0090/ HERSTMONCEUX VILLAGE CONDITIONS A - Z INDEX
NPPF - NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK A - Z INDEX
HERSTMONCEUX ACTION GROUP
There has never been an action group representing the interests of so many residents in this peaceful Sussex backwater. To date, planning battles have been contained, such that local people were content to let neighbours object to smaller residential developments.
This all changed when a former estate agent was seen surveying Lime Cross and speaking to neighbours about his intention (or the intention of family members) to apply for planning consent for upwards of 70 houses, where for many years Wealden District Council and the Parish Council have been saying there should be no development. Then an opportunity for a windfall £17 million pounds reared its head. We think it speaks mountains that the Parish Council simply redrew the development boundaries to accommodate such a development. It's a 'U' turn with money at the root of the deal. Who then stands to profit. Not the villagers who are all opposed to the plan. The villagers do not want 140 extra houses in Herstmonceux, and that is what will happen if 70 additional houses are built on the field at Lime Cross. We'd like to see some new faces on the Parish Council. Some people who will truly represent the wishes of the people.
WD/2015/0090/MAO - GLEESON DEVELOPMENTS LTD
This application is not only contrary to Wealden's Local Plan, but is considered by many to be downright dangerous. The A271 is a narrow country road that is already overloaded - with many traffic jams in the village high street causing motorists serious delays on occasion. The increase in traffic from a dense residential development at this location is nothing short of madness.
Proposed entrance to Lime Cross for access to 70 new houses. The A271 is already a busy road. What is not clear from this plan is that the entrance shown in red is just a few yards away from a sign telling people to slow down. That sign is half way up a hill, that has been the site of accidents on the other face. You can imagine the carnage with family vehicles trying to exit from this entrance, which is very narrow. There is no real visibility splay. Vehicles traveling west into the village from Hastings, will be unable to see cars trying to get to school to pick up their children because of the hedge that is not in the applicant's ownership. It is even worse with vehicles heading east out of the village, now coming down a hill - and once again the angle prevents any real advance warning, with just the nose of a car protruding - only visible at the last moment. What should have been provided and is an example of what is required, is the same degree of vision afforded by the access just a little further east for Chapel Row.
ORIGINAL SITE PLAN - You may have noticed that there are only forty-nine units shown on the above site plan - and it is still crowded. It is unclear from this plan if some of the plots shown are garages adjacent to a house. It is therefore open to interpretation. The real problem is that the village of Herstmonceux does need more affordable housing. Gratefully, there are other sites that are far more appropriate, and will not pose injury to a site of considerable local historic interest. This field is way outside the village development boundary. See the official boundary below.
AFFORDABILITY STATEMENT & CAPITALIST MORALS - OR POLICY FRAUD
It is because Council's have been dragging their heels so much and not planning for new housing that we are in this mess. It is not just Wealden, it is ingrained in civil servants to apply rules to prevent development or change. In this case the problem is so bad that central government has had to direct them to change their attitudes. Fantastic, but why give locals the job of developing (in effect) national policy in the first place. National policy is what counts. Where do we need homes in the UK and what elements of the countryside are essential to preserve. It's a balancing act that local officials, with close ties to landowners should not be in a position to profit from. Lord Nolan advised that no council officer should spend more than 5 years in any one council, to prevent cosy relationships forming, this being a trigger to corruption. The next question is, how long have the Parish Council members been councillors?
Any development where the owners of land take advantage of - the at present - lack of precision in local plans, and fail to observe the rules as to affordable and sustainable development goals, as per the United Nations agendas, is in our view morally repugnant.
There is a national shortage of affordable homes, there is no shortage of executive homes that are out of reach of young families.
High rents and mortgages are every bit a chain around your neck as with these poor fellows. What gives any human the right to enslave another human being? The answer to that is the State. When the State promotes policies and practices that, in effect, allow one human to profit so hugely at the expense of others - then the State is to blame.
LACKING PRIVACY - Any houses built here will be overlooked by anyone using Herstmonceux Museum. The reverse is also true. How will planners overcome the loss of amenity for Herstmonceux Museum and ensure privacy for houses in this field. Will it mean windows facing away from the Museum? Would that not mean that the usual way of solar heating a house would be prevented. Why? Because the view shown here is looking north, hence, houses should be facing this way (towards the Museum) to capture incoming sunshine. This is the view from the rear (balcony) of the Museum towards the village.
COUNCIL OFFICERS HAVING CONDUCT OF PLANNING MATTERS RELATING TO HERSTMONCEUX MUSEUM
SAD - The wishes of the people could not be more plain. Hundreds of locals in the village are so concerned as to the inappropriate development, that they have hoisted banners or put signs in their windows and on vehicles. A decision that does not reflect the wishes of the voting public is not only un-democratic, it smacks of impropriety. How then did Herstmonceux Parish councillors approve an application that so many of the electorate are opposed to ? To the many attending the meeting it stinks to high heaven - and they said as much on hearing this council's decision. http://www.cps.gov.uk/
HMMMM - Tearing up the green belt for a tidy little profit on windfall sites across England is a harrowing experience for locals who moved to secluded country locations to be at one with nature. Windfall indeed, huge sums of money for property developers who have no qualms about raping the land for personal gain. You may consider that to be immoral like so many other people, but a lot of people turn to the dark side to feather their nests.
This is another hole sunk just above the Museum, in line with the water flow to the ancient well that Wealden seem to have forgotten is a feature to be protected from water contamination. We wonder what the shareholders and other investors will make of it when they discover in years to come that the controlling minds of so many corporations banded together to try and get around contamination - in other cases this is achieved with bogus reports. We'll have to wait and see if that comes to pass in this case. Wealden have a duty to protect the historic environment, a duty that have failed to stand by in years gone by, spending enormous sums of public money trying to hide the truth of the Generating Works complex. Around £500,000 of taxpayer's money in fact. In another landmark drainage case they tried to prove that water flowed uphill by erasing the levels on a map. Is this more of the same?
BRITAIN'S ARE (FOR THE MOST PART) SLAVES, CONTRARY TO THE POPULAR ANTHEM
Would you buy a house built on green belt? Anyone purchasing homes in Herstmonceux that destroys open spaces and harms historic interests should be ashamed of themselves. Why encourage greedy property developers to do the wrong thing, when by renting or buying in appropriate development areas you are setting a good example in sustainable terms. Herstmonceux lacks school spaces for additional children, doctors and shops, meaning more carbon miles and global warming.
The houses proposed are not eco friendly, have no charging points for electric vehicles and no energy generation or heat capture devices. They are more of the same energy gobbling houses that fat-cat builders love, because that is all they (appear) to understand. We await comment on this and other matters from the Clarion Housing Group Limited, Thakekam Homes Limited and Latimer Developments Limited all partners to this proposal. It is yet to be confirmed just who is doing what and when and we look forward to receiving further information.
The case officer is Claire Turner. The permission was signed off by Kelvin Williams, now due to retire in 2019 with Christopher Bending taking over as Head of Planning and Environmental services in 2018.
ABOUT JAPANESE KNOTWEED
Japanese knotweed flowers are valued by some beekeepers as an important source of nectar for honeybees, at a time of year when little else is flowering. Japanese knotweed yields a monofloral honey, usually called bamboo honey by northeastern U.S. beekeepers, like a mild-flavoured version of buckwheat honey (a related plant also in the Polygonaceae).
Japanese knotweed has a large underground network of roots (rhizomes). To eradicate the plant the roots need to be killed. All above-ground portions of the plant need to be controlled repeatedly for several years in order to weaken and kill the entire patch. Picking the right herbicide is essential, as it must travel through the plant and into the root system below.
In the UK, Japanese knotweed is established in the wild in many parts of the country and creates problems due to the impact on biodiversity, flooding management and damage to property. It is an offence under section 14(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to "plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild" any plant listed in Schedule nine, Part II to the Act, which includes Japanese knotweed. Within towns householders and landlords in 2014 who did not control the plant in their gardens could receive an on-the-spot fine or be prosecuted. It is also classed as "controlled waste" in Britain under part 2 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This requires disposal at licensed landfill sites.
DRAINAGE ISSUE - We've never seen a site with so many trenches dug and boreholes sunk. The developers are proposing locating houses on the top of a hill leading down to an ancient well that has been in use for over 115 years in its present capacity of providing drinking water to the locality. Are they mad? These property (or those who drew up the original proposals) magnates appear to have let the lure of profits go to their heads. Water flows downhill chaps. This is a basic rule of physics that no amount of smoke and mirrors can get around. Then there is the fact that water is the most powerful solvent known to man. In other words, any chemicals that comes from gardens or other DIY concerning property in this location, will be dissolved and will leach into the ancient well, potentially poisoning those who use that facility.
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