425 new homes for Willingdon have been approved by Wealden planners.

The application is connected to the Brodricklands and Hamlands Farm site in Willingdon.  

The wider site, from developers Barratt David Wilson Homes, has outline planning permission for a total of 390 homes and is already under construction. 

This most recent application sought planning permission for a new layout of part of the site, which would increase the overall number of homes to 425 — 35 more homes than the original scheme

Committee chairman Susan Stedman said: “The county council were originally looking at a higher [number] of units than were granted, so the reason why they find this just about acceptable is because these 35 units have already been included in their original modelling. 

“I think that gives me reason to believe that it’s not good but it is covered.

“I can’t think of any reason, any planning grounds, that we could refuse this and get away with it at appeal, so I am happy to put this forward for approval.

l“If you felt you could strengthen the Southern Water condition please say so, because I think it is an extraordinary thing that the Environment Agency have done. 

“That any untreated sewage could be let out anywhere, let alone the Pevensey Levels, I find quite extraordinary”