Local landowners sign up developer to promote scheme near Hailsham, East Sussex

The strategic land division of Grosvenor has been appointed by a consortium of landowners to promote and develop a 2,500-home new community near to Hailsham, East Sussex.

The privately-owned developer said it will work with local landowners to draw up plans for a development with high sustainability standards and reflecting the changes brought about in working patterns following the covid pandemic.

Grosvenor Trumpington Meadows - credit Paul Miller

The firm said its plans will deliver a net biodiversity gain and see the creation of a new riverside park, and will prioritise low carbon development and sustainable travel.

Grosvenor will work to promote the site in the Wealden local plan, and will oversee the scheme, taking a master developer role akin to that pioneered by Urban & Civic in recent years.

Grosvenor is now working on eight similar schemes across the south of England, capable of delivering 18,000 homes. Other schemes include Trumpington Meadows in Cambridge (pictured) and Barton Park in Oxford.

Louise Houston, development manager for strategic land at Grosvenor, said the covid pandemic had changed how people wanted to live. She said: “Listening to and meeting these changing priorities in the way we design and deliver new places is more important than ever – so that we can create communities that people are proud to call home.”