Heathfield residents seek special protection
Heathfield residents are taking immediate action to protect the large field known as "The top of the world" at the top of Marklye Lane as an Asset of Community Value. They also want it to be designated local green space for Heathfield as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. The protest group campaigned against plans to build 212 new homes at Vines Corner and remains vigilant. The group have distributed the application package to District and County Councillors as well as Huw Merriman, MP.
Update - 20 October 2017: delighted to find out that their campaign has cleared the first hurdle. Wealden District Council (WDC) has accepted their application to register the large field as an "Asset of Community Value " (ACV). Next comes a review period of 8 weeks in which the landowner may appeal, up to 30 November. If the appeal is not succesful the field stays on the WDC register as an ACV for up to 5 years.
Update - 16 February 2018: Heathfield residents were delighted to hear protection policies are now in place to save the open space from housing and has now beenn designated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) for five years starting October 2017.