CONVERTED STABLES - Part of the Lime Park estate that once belonged to the Baron von Roemer, and his son, Charles de Roemer, this nice stable square has been converted to residential accommodation, the subject of a dispute under the Party Wall Act 1996, that was revealed in June of 2022, when the owner of this property failed to serve notice as to intended works.
After Peter Townley passed on 22nd September 2019, his daughter Alison Deshayes, put the property on the market, post grant of probate on 7th January 2020. There was a veritable scramble of viewings following the advertisement by Campbells, estate agents based in Battle, East Sussex, offers in excess of £750,000 pounds.
But none of the prospective purchasers could overcome the looming devaluation from the prospective development of 70 houses at Lime Cross. It transpired that developers had been seeking to purchase the half share of a pond, through which they wanted to pass contaminated surface water, thence onto a Site of Special and Scientific Interest (SSSI), known as the Pevensey Levels. That would make the sellers of any part of the pond, party to a potential criminal offence, should contamination harm the SSSI. As, inevitably, it would, without a long-term management scheme - assuming filtration beds might be employed as a cleansing mechanism to begin with. Unfortunately, these soon clog and are known not to be able to deal with hydrocarbons.
Obviously, with large sums of money (£70,000) being bandied about, Alison Deshayes, was keen to explore the prospect of another dollop of cash, on top of her £1,000,000 million plus inheritance. She tried to make it a condition of sale for the prospective purchasers, but all of them declined, alerted to the potential criminal liability aspect. We assume partly because of this, and partly because of the proposed seventy houses, around half a dozen or so scouting Lime Park for a home, or investment, declined to purchase.
One can imagine the loss of amenity from 70 houses skirting the perimeter of your garden. Then there is the loss of wildlife in the pond, should anyone be hard-nosed enough to take the cash, despite the Wildlife Regulations implications and potential criminality, or vicarious liability.
Enter Jill Finn and Nigel Flood, who were married in 1992 (according to My Heritage). They have two children, Matthew and Harriet. Mr Flood was first noticed scouting the property boundaries in 2020, finally introducing himself as being an interested purchaser. He methodically introduced himself to most of the other occupiers in Lime Park. Giving the impression of being a property developer. Jill Finn is shown as being a Property Manager at Companies House. Ms Harriet Finn is known to have scouted properties for clients. Thus, it appears that at least three of the family members are property professionals in one capacity or another.
In 2022, the owner/occupiers of The Rectory, applied for planning permission under WD/2022/0479/F, withdrawing that application but proceeding to build more or less that shown in that application, without the benefit of planning permission. Not that unauthorized development is unlawful. It is just a curious fact that having applied for consent, that it should be withdrawn, with the construction allegedly drawn by Sam Finnis of Vector Planning and Design Limited, being undertaken by Christian Perez and Advance Space Building & Design Limited (allegedly).
No Notice was given as to intended ground works, as it appears to have been a legal requirement, according to the Party Wall Act 1996, as parts of the excavations were within three meters of an adjacent historic asset. No other notices in respect of Acts protecting historic monuments was given to any local authority in the prescribed format, as far as we are aware. But enquiries are ongoing, as it may be an offence not to do so.
Stacey Robbins is the head of Wealden's planning department. The offer of a free re-submission has not yet been acted on. It would of course be retrospective, the conversion having begun.
FULL BUILDING SERVICES LIMITED - Company number 11628865
Registered office address: 69 Washford Farm Road,
Ashford, Kent, TN23 5YA
Correspondence address: 69 Washford Farm Road, Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom, TN23 5YA
is unclear if the 'Nigel Flood' shown at Companies House, is the same
person now occupying The Rectory in Lime Park. We await clarification.
The potting shed is seen here with a corrugated iron roof, painted an orangey-pink colour by Peter Townley. This shed was demolished by the present occupiers, with Advance Space acting on behalf of their clients. The demolition took place without notice. Note, this picture was taken some time ago.
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INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY - Perhaps not the most attractive of buildings, as it has fallen into a state of disrepair. This is mainly because Wealden District Council have done all they can to deny the building a reasonable and beneficial use, to pay for restorations, up to 2022. The Parish Council have been working with the district council on this. That is why the most important historic asset in Herstmonceux does not have an income for maintenance and general repairs. Residents within the park, had been working to purchase the complex at an undervalue. The local authority were helping Peter Townley in this regard, despite institutionalised discrimination being illegal as an agenda, conspiracy, or vendetta.