Ringmer has already exceeded its Local Plan for 385 new homes...

...help stop developers carving up more greenfield with a further 570+ homes

UPCOMMING: Wednesday 10am 1st February 2023 – Appeal Hearing being heard at Southover House, Lewes

We seek to protect Ringmer’s countryside against inappropriate development that is contrary to the key principles and policies of the Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan, the Lewes Local Plan and the South Downs National Park Local Plan, and contrary to the wishes of Ringmer residents.


To ensure that all of our members, and as many other Ringmer residents as possible, are kept informed of such threats to Ringmer’s countryside and are empowered to express their own views effectively.

Call for sites Ringmer

The blue areas are sites that have been submitted to the council for consideration to be built on. New Call for Sites due to be released.

The threats to our village and countryside are already significant

Ringmer has exceeded its Lewes Local Plan target of 385 homes for 2010-2030

226 additional homes are proposed in planning applications being considered by Lewes DC

320 additional homes are proposed in other ‘live’ applications where pre-planning consultation is completed

More sites have been submitted to Lewes DC so there are likely to be more in the pipeline

If the developers get their way Ringmer will have over 900 new homes since 2010

We need you to join us, to make our voices heard

Join the campaign and encourage family, friends and neighbours to join us too. By joining you will be kept up-to-date with what’s happening and supported in making your voice heard.

MP Support - RE Housing Applications

"As the local MP I am supporting the residents in Ringmer in fighting against the constant development of green field sites in the village. No one is against housing but it needs to be appropriate and in line with the locally supported Ringmer Neighbourhood plan. The current housing developments are not helping local people find homes and is just resulting in our green field spaces being concreted over. Enough is enough."

Maria Caulfield MP

Maria Caulfield MP

Lewes Constituency

Councillor Support - RE Housing Applications

Cllr Johnny Denis

Johnny Denis


"I remain opposed to these inappropriate green field developments which aim to increase the number of homes but to do so at significant cost to the environment and amenity and without the necessary infrastructure to support them. The very opposite of sustainable development. I am pleased to support this campaign."

"Ringmer against greenfield exploitation is a community organisation that is very much needed and has my full support. Ringmer is seen as fair game at the moment by developers and we need to work together to protect our community and our valuable green space. As a district councillor I will oppose any speculative development outside the local plan. "

Sean Macleod

Sean Macleod

Emily O'Brien Green Party Councillor for Ouse Valley & Ringmer

Emily O'Brien


"As a ward councillor for Ringmer I am fully behind the campaign. I am also busy campaigning nationally on our flawed and broken planning system. I urge the government to abandon the flawed system of housing targets and loopholes like the ‘5 year rule’ for local plans, which are allowing developers to concrete over our countryside"

Which planning applications can I comment on now?

Have your say!

Click on each link to find a map of the proposed development and a list of issues some of which you may wish to consider when making your comment. Remember it’s your chance to express your views on the issues most important to you.

Planning applications being considered ***ACT NOW***

solar farm

Solar Farm, Norlington Lane LW/22/0254

UPDATE 1 Nov 2022

Planning Committee on Wed 9 November 2022 approved the application on vote 5-4.

This has been called in with the Secretary of State to make a decision.

gleesons over-development ringmer

Gleesons Harrisons Lane - Take 2

Land owned by Glyndebourne. Initially refused by Planning Officers at Lewes District Council on 8 July 2022 but they have submitted a new application.

This needs new comments - while the developer can replicate lots of their plans our original comments won't count! Please submit an objection. Click the image for more details.

Rangers Farm Ringmer

Rangers Farm, Chamberlaines Lane APPEAL

Refused by Lewes Planning Committee 27 April 2022 for the second time. The developer advised rather than appeal the original decision they decided to submit a new application listening to reasons for refusal. Having failed the second time they have decided to go to Appeal.

Averys development Ringmer

Averys, Uckfield Road

UPDATE: 03/01/2023
Application Refused at Planning Committee.
The Developer has gone to an appeal, date of appeal single day hearing 1 Feb 2023 at Southover House, Lewes from 10am.

BoKlok site, Lower Lodge Farm

LW/22/0282 Update Dec 2022 - Rejected by Planning Committee. Developer may appeal.

croudace over-development ringmer village

Croudace, Broyle Gate Farm

Developer went direct to Appeal rather than democratic LDC Planning Committee.
The planning inspector decided to allow the appeal.

Ashill Regen Build on Employment Site

Ashill Regen, Lower Lodge Farm LW/22/0255

Revised 53 new homes, Lower Lodge Farm

Make your comments on LDC Planning Portal now. You can still make comments right up to the hearing (date yet to be set).

The Orchards Over-development Ringmer

The Orchards, Uckfield Road

Click the picture for more details.

Refused to date...

Rangers Farm Ringmer

Rangers Farm, Chamberlaines Lane ATTEMPT 1

Refused by Lewes Planning Committee on 8 December 2021. Applicants have 6 months to appeal from December 2021. Applicants have since submitted another application (LW/22/0104) for 68 homes on the same site without any community facilities. They submitted this whilst having the option to appeal to the original rejection. Click picture for more details.

Averys development Ringmer

Averys, Uckfield Road

UPDATE: 07/04/2022
Application Refused at Planning Committee.
Reasons: Unsustainable location and Loss of identified employment site. Click image for the councils full wording for refusing this application. The developer has 6 months from April 2022 to appeal.


gleesons over-development ringmer

Gleesons Harrisons Lane

Land owned by Glyndebourne.
Refused by Planning Officers at Lewes District Council on 8 July 2022. The planning officer recommended refusal which was in line with the Parish Council's opinion. For this reason, under delegated powers, the decision was not made by a planning committee but by a planning officer.

Glyndebourne and Gleesons have decided to take another bite of the cherry with an application for 75 homes (see active threats above).

Rangers Farm Ringmer

Rangers Farm, Chamberlaines Lane ATTEMPT 2

Refused by Lewes Planning Committee 27 April 2022. The developer advised rather than appeal the original decision they decided to submit a new application listening to reasons for refusal. We wait to see if they decide to respect the views of the planning committee the second time round. They have 6 months from April 22 to appeal.

Thakeham Homes Over-devlopement ringmer village

Thakeham Homes, Bishops Lane

UPDATE - 3 Aug 2022

Unanimous Planning Committee voted to refuse permission for this development.

The developer has 6 months to appeal the decision.

Make your views known to Lewes DC Planning Committee

Click here for a guide to using the Planning Portal to submit an objection. It’s easy, don’t be daunted!

Use the links to the current threats for advice on how to argue against specific proposals.

Neighbourhood Plan

Ringmer’s Neighbourhood Plan was developed by the people of Ringmer, with the Planning Committee of Ringmer Parish Council acting as the steering group. Its origins lie in the Ringmer Village Plan, prepared back in 2003, and its subsequent strategies for employment and residential development. You can view the full plan on the Ringmer Parish Website. Below are the Four Key Principles from this plan

3.1 Ringmer is, and should stay, a village

Ringmer is a large parish with two main settlements, Ringmer village and the Broyleside. The surrounding countryside is highly valued and extensively used by residents, and includes a significant rural population. Ringmer village has a good range of services. Despite its population being larger than many small towns, Ringmer maintains a ‘village feel’, and this is prized by residents as a key asset. ‘Village feel’ includes both landscape and social aspects.

3.2 Ringmer should regain sustainability

Up to the mid-1960s Ringmer was a large but sustainable village community. The predominant reason for living in Ringmer was that you were employed in Ringmer. Since then planned changes have doubled the size of the village by allowing commuter development, while the major local employer closed in the 1980s. Commuting from Ringmer has become far more ambitious and extensive than was ever envisaged. This Neighbourhood Plan will seek to redirect the community towards sustainability by (a) increasing employment opportunities within Ringmer and (b) ensuring that new housing is on a scale and of a type to meet village need.

3.3 Ringmer should be a balanced, healthy and inclusive community

There was serious concern, expressed in the 2003 Village Plan, that in the last decades of the 20th century the Ringmer community became unbalanced. The traditionally high proportion of affordable housing was greatly reduced, and young families were priced out of the village housing market. Recruitment to the village primary school plummeted. The 2003 Village Plan sought to correct this, with partial success – the primary school is now full again. This Neighbourhood Plan will seek to ensure that Ringmer returns to being a fully balanced, healthy and inclusive community.

3.4 Ringmer and the South Downs National Park

After hearing detailed evidence, the Inspector drew the National Park boundary tightly around the south-east and west boundaries of Ringmer village, leaving the parish partly within and partly outside the SDNP, but almost all residents living outside the boundary. This Neighbourhood Plan will include policies to respect this decision, ensuring that only development that supports the National Park purposes and duty takes place within the Ringmer section of the SDNP.