Dilapidated Jubilee Cottages in Eastbourne Road, Framfield, which could be demolished with a replacement house being built on the High Cross Estate at Palehouse Common.

Plans to demolish dilapidated cottages are refused

• This planning application was refused on August 19, 2019. Reasons given included the site for a new house being outside any defined development boundary.

Plans to demolish two dilapidated cottages in Eastbourne Road, Framfield, and build a new house on the High Cross Estate at Palehouse Common have been resurrected.

The planning application has been submitted to Wealden Council by consultants on behalf of Miss Astral De La Mare who wants to build a house for herself and her family.

Outline planning permission, given in 2008, to demolish and relocate the cottages has since lapsed. The cottages have been unoccupied for more than 20 years.

Manor house

The latest planning application says the new two-storey house, which would have the appearance of “an estate manor house” would be within the north west parkland of the High Cross Estate.

It says: “The design will incorporate traditional features such as brick quoins, estate crest in the gable, and a reconstituted stone portico.

“The overall impression will be of a good quality, but relatively simple building which is entirely in keeping with the local character.

Aesthetically pleasing

“Care has been taken to design a more aesthetically pleasing replacement dwelling that will seek to enhance the character of the estate and this rural setting, instead of merely replicating the existing simple dwelling which is of no architectural merit.

“The proposed internal layout would provide open, Flexi le and practical spaces, and well-proportioned accommodation in line with modern living standards.”

The statement continues saying planning policy allows for a replacement dwelling to be sited in a different location if this would result in clear landscape, highway access, or local amenity benefits.


It says the openness of the countryside would be greatly improved as the existing Jubilee Cottages occupy a prominent position on Eastbourne Road whereas the new dwelling would be much less visible from the highway.

“It is also clear that there are definite highway benefits of the relocation as the existing Jubilee Cottages are situated on the bend of a fast and dangerous road, where there have been recent fatalities.”

The statement says that after demolition of Jubilee Cottages the previously developed land would be returned to a native flower rich wild meadow.

More details about the planning application, number WD/2018/2761/F, can be seen on the Wealden Council website here.

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