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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 in the rush to increase revenue, no matter what the squeeze or how bizarre the outcome.
SIGN ADVERTISING HOUSES FOR SALE - A very pleasing sign that shows the development from the best angle. In this case selling stamp duty savings. The sign tells us this is a development by Love Living Homes. Contact phone number: 01323 764122
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) a most hideous fashion, cut into what was a lovely little wooded area called Lime Wood.
The site constitutes one of the ugliest for 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, let alone in terms of conservation. It seems that Conservative and Conservation are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Conservative planning is all about milking mother nature to breaking point. Conservation, or Circular planning is all about working in harmony with nature. It's more of a Green Party thing. But property developers in this neck of the woods are anything but green.
SATELLITE MAP - Showing how the developers carved into Lime Wood to cram in an extra 14 houses on a hillside that was unsafe. It may be that the soil and topographical surveys provided to Wealden during the planning application stages were misleading, such that pile driving was not on the table - so cajoling the planning committee into approving what later became the rather bizarre brown steel cliffs - that to our mind are downright dangerous.
Sadly, Wealden is a Conservative council, in a Conservative Britain that has a failed economy without reserves, only debts. So, an empty larder for hard times. And there are harder times ahead, with the planet warming up and agricultural land reducing because of desertification. Plus fish that are toxic from PCBs and plastic - and of course Covid19. Because, yes, we were not ready or equipped to put the brakes on. Meaning, the National Debt will soar in 2021 from poor management of the country.
BACK GARDEN FENCING - Is this safe for children. They could climb up the wooden fencing, over the top, and fall onto the steel piles below, that have been driven into the ground to shore up the development, presumably to stave off landslide erosion, or something similar. We wonder at the cost of the pile driving and the ecological harm to the watercourse and wildlife in the wood below.
The developers obtained planning permission from 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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