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THE BROWN CLIFFS OF HERSTMONCEUX - Unlike Dover, with their beautiful white cliffs, in Wealden they like the colour brown so much they gave planning permission to build this artificial edifice in the country - taking with it the natural beauty of the countryside for walkers - and - or so it seems, polluting the watercourse downstream. They call the mini-estate Woodlands View, including Elm Close, Hawthorn Lane and Oak Way.


Shit! We wonder if they still use brown envelopes to deliver perks to those in the decision making pipeline. We bet you'll not find a poor planning officer in this region, and check those councillor declarations of interest. You might find poor planners in other regions where the idiotic permissions don't flow quite so freely as favours. In Wealdenland water flows uphill and shit is pumped from one place to another. It's a bit like Alice in Wonderland.


This site was bought for next to nothing, because it was relatively worthless on the side of a hill. But they found willing accomplices at Wealden to covert the countryside into a money making machine, so long as they could find the suckers to buy these houses, and nobody made a fuss about the blot on the landscape. They were so confident that nobody would see the iron monolith that they did not even bother trying to landscape it into the wooded area. In our view, they should be clapped in irons and sent to the colonies. Okay, we don't have those anymore, and Australia has become just as corrupt as the UK. So, somewhere they cannot do any more harm to the environment. How about the Moon?




Woodlands View is a development that perhaps should never have been encouraged by the Parish Council, or approved by Wealden District Council. It was part of the land-rush triggered by the Conservative party in the hope of building our way out of the National Debt, that is predicted to rise dramatically as a result of Covid19.




BOG STANDARD - Nothing village like about these houses, they could be on a housing estate in Hailsham, Eastbourne, or dozens of other locations devoid of character.



This is of course an outdated concept, where sustainability is now the only way forward if we are to prevent burnout of planet earth. UN sustainability demands more careful control of national borrowing and spending. The UK is 2 trillion in the red at time of publishing this article.





The hillside development includes Oak Way, Hawthorn Lane and Elm Close. It is built on backfilled land that is supported by pile driven steel, in our opinion, in a most hideous fashion, cut into what was a lovely little wooded area called Lime Wood. The site constitutes one of the ugliest from the point of view of walkers in the countryside, to the point where one wonders if the town and country planners at Wealden are qualified at all in RTPI terms! What do you think of it?




LIVING ON THE EDGE - It reminds us of Belle Tout Lighthouse, only you are not looking out to sea. Belle Tout had to be moved back from the cliff edge, and is again getting dangerously close to landing on the shore. But perhaps not dangerous enough to guarantee an end.




CLIFF EDGE - If you are going to live on the edge, at least make it more interesting, this is near Birling Gap and Eastbourne. If you get bored, this is near the suicide capital of the United Kingdom - Beachy Head.



It is thought that the developers obtained planning permission from council officers under the leadership of Kelvin Williams, Christopher Bending and Stacey Robbins, with (perhaps) Joanna Denton and Kirstie Leighton in the mix somewhere.




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