The village of Horam is in the Weald of Sussex, once part of a vast forest of 1,700 square miles situated between the North Downs and the South Downs of south-east England. It’s home to Sussex Farm Museum, several sports clubs, a camp site, two churches, and even a vineyard. The old railway line through the village is now a pedestrian, cycle and horse riders’ path known as the Cuckoo Trail, which provides a link through the village and to the neighbouring towns and countryside.
Our site is at the southern end of Horam, adjacent to more recent development, opening out on to the beautiful Sussex countryside.
We’re working with the landowner, multi-award winning architect Pollard Thomas Edwards, and planning consultancy Rural Solutions on a proposal for 22 new Custom and Self-Build homes, including eight new affordable homes. Landscape design is by Collington Winter and includes ecological enhancements and new native trees and hedges. To ensure that the habitat is further improved for wildlife and local biodiversity we are introducing new native flowering and nectar producing species, erecting bird boxes, and creating hibernacula (eg log piles) within the woodland which is protected from the new buildings by an ecological buffer zone.
In Horam, we want to create a legacy of beautiful, affordable, equitable, and sustainable homes which will stand the test of time; a place that adds value to the village and in a hundred years’ time people will still be proud to call their home. We will do this by:
- Creating a great place which feels like part of Horam
- Offering choice and diversity in the homes we design
- Enabling people to build beautiful, efficient houses which feel like home
- Providing people-friendly streets and open spaces.
Our proposal will:
- Deliver 22 new homes, including eight affordable homes that increase housing choice in the town for existing and new residents
- Be designed to be sympathetic and complimentary to the existing rich, architectural vernacular
- Enhance existing hedgerows and woodland and introduce new native species increasing local biodiversity
- Improve drainage on site through sustainable and attractive landscape features such as ponds and swales
- Respond to the climate emergency with environmentally sustainable new homes and landscape
- Positively contribute to local life by encouraging residents to be actively involved in their neighbourhood
- Create a sustainable community for the long-term.
We want to hear from you
If you have any questions about the scheme or would like to provide your feedback, please get in touch via the Contact us section of our website.
If you’d like to register your interest in this, or any of our projects, please fill out a form here.
We consulted on our proposals in October 2020; you can still download our public consultation material here and read our response to the most frequently asked and important questions raised.
If you like the idea of Custom and Self-Build in Horam, visit Wealden District Council’s website to support our application.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Custom and Self-Build in the area, and to sign up to the register to get notified when plots become available, follow the link below to Wealden District Council’s website.