Dear Resident,
Please see below for more info:


Trevor Lewing

on behalf of Fairlight Residents Association.
The Knoll
Rockmead Road
01424 812340

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From: Stephen Leadbetter <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Fairlight Parish Council

Fairlight Neighbourhood Plan – An Update on Site Assessments


Dear Resident

Fairlight Neighbourhood Planning Group is required to identify sufficient suitable sites to meet our allocation of new properties set out in Rother District Council’s Local Plan.

Our allocation for the Parish of Fairlight is around 40 properties between now and 2028. The 40 includes anything built on the Market Garden site, currently subject to a planning application for 16 dwellings.

We have reviewed every site considered by Rother over the last few years and invited land owners to put forward sites they consider might be suitable.

We will not make decisions about preferred sites without consulting residents, but it is becoming clear that options are very limited due to sites not being available, sites being too small to contribute sufficient properties (a minimum of six) or environmental assessments giving low scores.

In December 2016 a planning consultancy acting on behalf of the owners of Wakehams Farm put forward three options for discussion about developing the site and these have been assessed as part of our work. I attach a link to the information we published at the time showing each option – click on the link below to view it.

For anyone who is unsure of the location it is the farmland to the south of Pett Level Road and the east of Waites Lane accessed from opposite Wakehams Farm Shop.

There is now a complication as the owners of Wakehams Farm have entered into an agreement with Welbeck Strategic Land to act on their behalf and they have appointed a different consultancy, Strutt and Parker, to act for them.

Strutt and Parker have asked to meet the Neighbourhood Planning Group to discuss what we would like to see on the land. We declined to meet as we did not wish to prejudice our consultation with residents about suitable sites.

However, we have now been informed that the three previous options have been withdrawn and they want a discussion which is “design led”.

We have a dilemma because we have not yet consulted residents about potential sites and their assessments, but we no longer know what the options may be for Wakehams Farm so do not know whether the assessments we have made are relevant.

National planning guidance is that developers are encouraged to consult local communities when developing their proposals. If we do not meet them our position could be weaker if they subsequently apply for planning consent as we would have rejected the opportunity to be involved at an early stage. Land owners or their agents are entitled to apply for planning consent at any time.

The view of the Neighbourhood Planning Group and Parish Council is that in these circumstances we should meet Strutt and Parker to –

(a) hear what they have to say; and

(b) draw attention to our previously stated position and any other material in the public domain

without committing ourselves to anything.


We have always been clear that we will not do anything in relation to the Neighbourhood Plan without being open and transparent with people in Fairlight and would like to give you the opportunity to express your opinion on our proposal that we should agree to meet Strutt and Parker.

If you wish to make any comment please do so via the dedicated Neighbourhood Planning e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It would be helpful if any comments could be made by Friday 15th December. 


Stephen Leadbetter

Chairman of Fairlight Neighbourhood Planning Group

6th December 2017


FairlightNeighbourhoodPlan-sites update Dec17v2.docx