19 VISIBILITY SPLAY - WD/2015/0090/MAO
DANGEROUS OR WHAT - What visibility splay? Have East Sussex County Council gone mad! The hedge on the left prevents any car coming from the proposed site entrance, from seeing to the right. From this one easily obtained picture it is obvious that the approval of this entrance for up to 70 dwellings is a rubber stamp job by ESCC Highways, not taking into account the incline and entrances from the other side of the hill. See below.
The proposed new entrance is the other side of a hill that has had a few accidents, so introducing a dangerous situation that could affect hundreds of travelers on the A271. Drivers coming from Windmill Hill will see the nose of a vehicle and may be forced to brake hard, when the driver seeking to exit Lime Cross, is forced to put the nose of his vehicle in the path of oncoming traffic. Approval of this application without any real investigation of the facts is suspect to say the least. The way Wealden got around that is to put the onus on the developer to prove their case - but in fact, in making a grant tends to egg on a developer, figures can sometimes be massaged. This was formerly application WD/2014/2663/MAO. It seems as though they don't mind a few fatalities if they can generate some money in a pot. See some of the examples of good design below - and compare.
WD/2015/0090/MAO - CONDITION 19 - ENTRANCE A271 VISIBILITY SPLAY
19. The access shall not be used until the appropriate visibility splays are provided in each
direction (2.4m x 105m to the west and 2.4m x 122m to the east). The visibility splays
should be cleared of all obstructions exceeding 600 mm in height and kept clear
HIGHWAYS - EAST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL
The stretch or road fronting the site is subject to a 30mph speed limit; however a speed survey has been undertaken close to the proposed access point in order to determine actual vehicle speeds. The results of this survey indicate an 85th % tile vehicle speeds of 40.6mph for vehicles approaching the site access from the north-west and 44.9mph for those approaching from the south-east.
the sightlines shown on the submitted plan fall short of the requirements based on my own calculations I am satisfied that appropriate visibility splays can be provided either side of the site access.
WONDERFUL - Now that is what we call a visibility splay. It's the sort of entrance with a high degree of visibility in both directions that nobody could complain about. No favours for mates here, just good planning and the application of sustainable practices - apart that is for the fact that the road itself is substandard considering the extra traffic that is is being required to carry from planning consents along its length. Copyright photograph © Lime Park Heritage Trust. All rights reserved.
ACTUAL SPEED - Regardless of the speed limits, it is the actual average recorded speed past a location on which splay design should be based. Copyright photograph © Lime Park Heritage Trust. All rights reserved.
PARKING RESTRICTIONS - You will always get some plonker parking in a manner that upsets the view for other motorists. If there are repeat offenders who keep on parking inappropriately, the only way to dissuade them is to apply white lines and patrol the area regularly to hand out parking tickets. Copyright photograph © Lime Park Heritage Trust. All rights reserved.
NICE VIEW - Once again the visibility from this site is superb. Pity they cannot match that with the development in Herstmonceux. Not to worry though, with a few brown envelopes a developer can get away with murder. Literally. it's called corporate manslaughter. Overloading A class roads with too much traffic from clusters of houses that these roads were not designed to take, is sure to lead to potholes and other road maintenance issues. Further along this road the surface in seriously deteriorating. We wonder then if this is the sustainable development that the United Nations are looking for, or the mad rush to build houses due to the fact that planning departments didn't and don't plan ahead. We call this Pothole Politics. Copyright photograph © Lime Park Heritage Trust. All rights reserved.
LOVELY - Not only is the visibility splay excellent on this single unit development, but the house is also a little gem of a design. Well done Elizabeth. Copyright photograph © Lime Park Heritage Trust. All rights reserved.
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
BROW OF A HILL - The cumulative effect of loading a road with additional entrances increases the risk of accidents. This is the peak of the hill leading to the speed warning sign, where most motorists drive through faster than the 30 mph limit. you can see another new entrance on the right hand side of the road just below the brow of the hill. You can imagine the carnage if several drivers are trying to exit onto this road from different sides of the hill - especially so where the visibility splay is below standard. Copyright photograph © Lime Park Heritage Trust. All rights reserved.
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.
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
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.
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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