Herstmonceux Parish Council

Serving the people of Herstmonceux Parish

Clerk: Clare Harrison
The Parish Office, 4 The Old
Forge, Gardner Street
Herstmonceux, East Sussex
BN27 4LG

Tel: 01323 833312

Community Land Trust update

News update on homes at Strawberry Field, Windmill Hill.

The CLT and its professional team have been busy over recent months although the nature of the tasks and the inevitable slow motion caused by COVID-19 restrictions led us to delay this newsletter to await developments.

The main activities have been the completion of a practical archaeological survey which entailed the digging of 9 by 30metre trenches around the site. We leafleted homes immediately opposite the site to keep them aware. Other than the indication of a drainage ditch, not one artifact of archaeological interest was found. The nil-report had to be validated but we have now cleared this from our WDC planning consent obligations.

We have installed over 20 dormice habitat boxes on the site boundary and in the adjoining Allfree Wood and these will be monitored for 3 years. With this task done we are able to progress the removal of non-indigenous leylandii trees along the public footpath and southern boundaries to the site. This will take place over the next few months with the canopy being removed first, followed by the lower trunk and roots in the spring. Both boundaries will eventually be replanted.

The CLT engaged a professional technical team which has been developing the site and building detail to meet our planning consent. We hope to publish some of this in the coming weeks. These various factors lead us to plan for a start on site in spring of 2021 and completion in summer 2022.

We are always keen to expand the CLT membership so we are also circulating this newsletter in the community and inviting membership of the CLT and that of our CLT management committee. Those interested should call Alan McInnes on 01323 833306 or Chris Cogdell 01323 832847. For general information about Community Land Trust projects and Community Housing generally contact Tom Warder at Action in Rural Sussex, Community Housing Hub email tom.warder@ruralsussex.org.uk

Information on the project may be viewed at www.community21.org/herstmonceuxclt

Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 09:35 by Clare Harrison

Tags: Community, Housing