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

...developers and Lewes District Council now want to hit us with up to THREE THOUSAND NEW HOMES...ACT NOW!

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The threats to our village and countryside are already significant

Ringmer has exceeded its Original Lewes Local Plan target of 385 homes which was suppose to take us to 2030

Hundreds of additional homes beyond the above number have been allowed on appeal by speculative developers.

Now the Council are proposing Ringmer Village, a village of approx 2000 homes, build an extra 3000 new homes. 

There is no mention of any new infrastructure or upgrades to local service

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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

Councillor

"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."

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

Emily O'Brien

Councillor​

"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!

Current Applications

BoKlok site, Lower Lodge Farm

LW/22/0282 Dec 2022 - Rejected by Planning Committee.
Jan 2024 - went to appeal
Current - Waiting appeal outcome.

The Orchards Over-development Ringmer

The Orchards, Uckfield Road

Thakeham 2 Opposite Kings College
LW/23/0752

This is for an application to fill in the fields oppostie Kings College, next to the Green Man.

Submitted over the Chirstmas period please submit your comments to the council now.

Refused - Planning committee and appeal

Rangers Farm Ringmer

Rangers Farm, Chamberlaines Lane ATTEMPT 1 - REFUSED

Refused by Lewes Planning Committee on 8 December 2021. Applicants subsequently submitted a modified application (LW/22/0104) for 68 homes on the same site without any community facilities.

Rangers Farm Ringmer

Rangers Farm, Chamberlaines Lane ATTEMPT 2 - APPEAL REFUSED

Refused by Lewes Planning Committee 27 April 2022 for the second time.
The developer appealed. The appeal was heard at a one day hearing on 22 Nov 2022.
The outcome was the appeal was dismissed.

gleesons over-development ringmer

Gleesons Harrisons Lane Attempt 1

Land owned by Glyndebourne.
Refused by Planning Officers at Lewes District Council . The planning officer recommended refusal which was in line with the Parish Council's opinion.

Refused at appeal.

gleesons over-development ringmer

Gleesons Harrisons Lane Attempt 2

Land owned by Glyndebourne.
Second bite of the cherry by salami slicing the site. Refused by council.

Refused at appeal. No doubt they will be back.

Planning Granted At Appeal

Averys development Ringmer

Averys, Uckfield Road

Refused by dempcratic planning committee.
Planning inspectorate decided to allow 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

Refused by delegated powers.

The council collapsed in their defence of this site and so it was subsequently allowed on appeal.

Thakeham Homes Over-devlopement ringmer village

Thakeham Homes, Bishops Lane

UPDATE - 5 May 2022

Unanimous Planning Committee voted to refuse permission for this development.

The development was allowed on appeal.

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.

The Original 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.