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Battle Road

Land off Battle Road - Hailsham - East Sussex

We have prepared an outline planning application for a new residential development on land to the east of Battle Road, Hailsham.

  • Land off Battle Road

    Our planning application proposes a new residential development of up to 135 homes on land to the east of Battle Road and north of Harebeating Lane in Hailsham.

    The proposed development site is allocated for residential development in Wealden District Council's Core Strategy, and also forms part of the East Hailsham Strategic Development Area in the council's emerging Strategic Sites Local Plan.

    Our scheme comprises a mix of homes, including one, two, three, four and five-bedroom properties, with a proportion of affordable housing to be provided in accordance with Wealden District Council policy.

    The proposed development also includes public open space for the benefit of new and current local residents, and vehicle access will be taken from the site via a vacant property at 152 Battle Road, which Taylor Wimpey has acquired.

    As a responsible, considerate developer, we strive to ensure that local people are kept informed of proposals which affect their community by carrying out consultation activity and our application responds positively to feedback received from residents, the Town Council and also Wealdens Officers.

    We held a public consultation event at Hailsham East Community Centre on Friday 3 October to give local residents and other stakeholders the chance to find out more about our proposals.

    Further details of the submitted scheme are provided on this website.  

    The public consultation period for our proposed development has now closed and the application has been submitted.  Once registered by Wealden District Council there will be a further opportunity to comment on the application. 

  • The proposed development site

    The proposed development site is a privately-owned greenfield site which covers an area of approximately 16.38 hectares.

    It is located on the north-eastern edge of Hailsham to the east of Battle Road. Harebeating Lane runs alongside the site’s southern boundary. The site also incorporates a vacant property at 152 Battle Road which will be demolished to allow vehicle access to our site.

    The site has been allocated for residential development in Wealden District Council’s Core Strategy and also forms part of the East Hailsham Strategic Development Area in the Council’s emerging Strategic Sites Local Plan. These documents establish the principle of development.

    The site is the middle site of three that together are allocated for the delivery of 600 homes with areas of environmental mitigation land.

    These three sites are separate, and in addition to, residential development by Redrow Homes that has recently been completed to the north of Taylor Wimpey’s site and the Hillreed Homes scheme that is still under construction to the south.

    The environmental mitigation land will incorporate informal open space, sustainable drainage features, ecological habitat and ensure that views from the Pevensey Levels are respected.

    Planning permission has also been granted for a total of 600 homes to the north of Hailsham on sites to the west and east of Park Road. The cumulative impact of all sites has been considered by Wealden District Council both through the Local Plan process and through the approval of planning applications.

    Site considerations

    Prior to designing the scheme, we complete an assessment of the site and the surrounding area as they are at the moment.

    We recorded those features we will need to take into account in our future detailed design. All of the relevant considerations helped to fix the scheme and have given us a real opportunity to make the most of various features. 

    Site access
    Vehicular, cycle and pedestrian access to the development is proposed from the current location of an existing vacant home at 152 Battle Road using a simple priority T-junction access as shown in the plan pictured below. This junction has been designed to accord with prevailing standards and will maintain the continuity of the recently upgraded cycle route. The access has been assessed and found to be suitable in terms of capacity in a robust scenario that accounts for wider development and growth in the area.

    We envisaged emergency access will be provided through the proposed access onto Battle Road and also via a dedicated emergency access point from Harebeating Lane. 

    An existing footpath runs north to south through the site that connects the A271 with Hailsham town centre. This crosses Harebeating Lane and continues southwards to the town centre. There is also a public footpath that links to Hailsham and to the wider countryside to the east. These existing footpaths help ensure connectivity to Hailsham and the wider countryside. The proposals connect to these existing links ensuring strong connectivity to the other areas proposed for housing to the east of Hailsham.

    A recently upgraded cycle route, with segregated paths, runs along Battle Road and will be directly accessible through the proposed site access.

    The site benefits from close proximity to bus services operating on Battle Road. The emerging Transport Strategy for the local area envisages enhancements to these services, including the introduction of express services to Polegate and Eastbourne. These will come forward to support the wider growth agenda for Hailsham, which includes this site.

    Traffic impact
    We have used the industry standard TRICS database to estimate vehicle movements to and from the proposed development.

    A development of around 135 homes is expected to generate around 80 to 90 two-way vehicle trips during the peak hours of 8am to 9am and again between 5pm and 6pm on weekdays. This is equivalent to less than one vehicle per minute in each direction on the highway network in the peak hours.

    A Transport Assessment has been prepared to evaluate the impact of the development on the local transport network and will be submitted as part of the outline planning application, along with details of any necessary highway mitigation schemes. 

    Flood risk and drainage
    The proposed development site is located in Flood Zone 1, which means it is at a low risk of flooding from rivers and other watercourses.

    Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are proposed and can include features such as rainwater harvesting, soakaways, filter drains, swales and attenuation basins. These will ensure that surface water run-off from the development will be no greater than current greenfield (undeveloped land) rates and will not increase the risk of flooding on site or elsewhere.

    The development is also mindful of the nearby Pevensey Levels and the need to maintain the quality of water that is discharged. This will be achieved through a ‘SuDs Management Train’ approach, in agreement with the Environment Agency. Essentially this constitutes a three stage process to ‘filter’, ‘store’ and ‘treat’ surface water, through the use of measures such as catchpit chambers, trapped gullies, permeable paving and oil interceptors.

    Air quality
    An assessment has been undertaken with regards to local air quality including an assessment of odour associated with the Hailsham Waste Water Treatment Works located to the east of the site. However, the site is not within an Air Quality Management Area and the proposed housing lies outside the 300m offset zone to the Treatment Works set by Wealden District Council.

    A comprehensive series of ecology surveys has been undertaken on site to assess the habitats and fauna present and establish the presence of a variety of species, including in respect of dormouse, bats, badger, great crested newt and reptiles. No evidence for the presence of dormouse or roosting bats has been recorded to date, although surveys are ongoing, while the presence of the latter three species groups is confirmed. These species will be fully safeguarded as part of the proposals and the layout has been designed so as to accommodate their requirements.

    The site is close to the Pevensey Levels which is subject to national and international ecological protection. The environmental mitigation land that forms the eastern part of the site will ensure the Levels are fully protected, provides an opportunity to ensure ecology is protected and provides opportunities for ecological enhancements to be delivered.

    Benefits the scheme will deliver
    The scheme will deliver 135 homes, including much-needed market housing and a proportion of affordable housing to help meet the needs of the local community. The proposals include open space designed to deliver recreation, landscape and ecological benefits to the future occupants of our scheme and the wider community.

    The proposals will deliver economic benefits in terms of job creation during construction and increased commercial spending by future occupants, a proportion of which will be spent in the local area. The future occupants will also provide additional council tax and New Homes Bonus receipts that will be reinvested in the local area.

    Cultural heritage
    A detailed assessment of the cultural heritage relevant to the proposals has been completed. The proposals take into account the setting of Harebeating Mill and Longleys Farmhouse that are both Grade II-listed buildings. The archaeological potential of the development is also being considered. The development will ensure that if there are any archaeological remains they are properly assessed and, where appropriate, recorded. The layout and design respects the setting of listed buildings.

  • Our proposed development scheme

    Our planning application has been submitted in outline with only means of access to be determined. This means that the detail of how the site will be accessed is to be assessed as part of the planning application along with the principle of residential development.

    The exact layout of the houses will be dealt with at a subsequent stage through the submission of reserved matters. Therefore, details of the site layout are currently only illustrative for the purpose of the outline planning application, and the submitted masterplan is intended as a general guide to show you how the properties, open space and internal roads could be arranged.

    Hailsham Submitted Layout Plan Web

    Our proposed development masterplan for land off Battle Road and Harebeating Lane. Click on the image for a zoomable view.


    Key design objectives

    The key design objectives for our proposed development are as follows:

    • To create a high-quality residential development including a wide variety of house types and sizes, plus affordable housing.
    • To provide vehicular, cycle and pedestrian links that connect the site with the wider area.
    • To deliver a large area of land providing space for informal recreation, such as walking and picnicking, and wildlife improvements.
    • To provide public open space, a new children’s play area and allotments.
    • To create a layout and design that respects the landscape and views from the Pevensey Levels.
    • To create a layout and design that respects the existing housing adjoining the site.

    About our proposals

    New homes

    TW Housetypes copy

    Examples of typical Taylor Wimpey housetypes.

    Our proposed development will include a mixture of one, two, three, four, and five-bedroom houses in accordance with Wealden District Council’s planning policy. The proposed new homes will be traditional in design and in keeping with local building styles and materials.

    Affordable housing
    Approximately 35% of the new homes will be provided as affordable housing in line with local planning policy. The affordable housing provision is likely to include a mix of shared ownership and social rent tenures, provided through an approved local housing association.

    Street layout
    The internal layout of the site will be developed with reference to the design principles set out in the Department for Transport’s ‘Manual for Streets’ guidance document, which seeks to put the needs of pedestrians and cyclists at the forefront of the design. At this stage, the internal road layout is indicative and details will be submitted to the local highways authority for approval at a later stage.

    Parking provision
    Car parking provision for the proposed homes will be in line with the adopted local parking standards. It will balance the needs of individual owners with the need to provide adequate visitor parking and avoid excessive informal on-street parking.

    Landscaping and open space
    The eastern part of the site slopes downwards from Hailsham towards the Pevensey Levels. Proposed built development is focused on the western part of the site closest to the existing built edge of Hailsham. Existing hedgerows and trees will be retained where possible and new planting will be provided in areas of open space. This large area of open space provides recreational opportunities, as well as including areas for sustainable drainage and wildlife improvements. It also provides a landscape buffer between the proposed buildings and the Pevensey Levels.

  • Application timeline

    Friday 3 October – Friday 17 October 2014 – Public consultation period.

    6 October – End-November 2014 – Feedback considered and proposals finalised.

    16 December 2014 - Outline Application Submitted

    September 2015 – Expected determination date for outline planning application

    July 2016 – Submission of application for the approval of reserved matters and for the discharge of pre-commencement planning conditions.

    October 2016 – Approval of reserved matters and discharge of pre-commencement planning conditions.

    November 2016 – Projected start of work on site (subject to planning approval) – build period of approximately 3 years.