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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Friday Street Farm Development Plans

October 4, 2016 3:40 PM
Councillors David Tutt and Alan Shuttleworth discussing proposals with a local resident.

Councillors David Tutt and Alan Shuttleworth discussing proposals with a local resident.

Many local residents are incensed about the Wates Developments plans to build on the green belt between Langney and Pevensey. More private housing on farmland is not only environmentally wront but will increase existing flooding issues, and add to the problem for local health services and road issues. Our Hospitals and GP surgeries are already overstretched. Wealden Council has already approved hundreds of new private houses around Stone Cross. Eastbourne's Liberal Democrat Councillors will fight this development, it is simply absurd to assume that Eastbourne will handle the enormous strain that this private development will put on our infrastucture.

Development of this area will impact on the Pevensey Levels Site of Special Scientific Interest, which is awaiting designation as a Site of Community Importance.

Future levels of traffic, construction work and activity around the drainage could adversely affect aquatic plant life, atmospheric pollution, as well as leading to a deterioration of water quality.

As Councillor Alan Shuttleworth commented, "Parts of Langney already suffer from existing problems of surface water runoff, issues with foul drainage and waste water treatment. These issues have already been recognised as a reason to refuse housing development on this farmland."

The Eastbourne Liberal Democrats believe that Wealden Council have already identified more appropriate sites for new housing and these should be explored, rather than on this farmland.