Hailsham site plan

Award-winning housebuilder Crest Nicholson has purchased a new site in Hailsham via Gleeson Land, as it looks to deliver much needed, high-quality new homes in the region. The landowner was advised by Cowan Land on the sale.

The 37-acre site has outline planning permission for the development of 200 homes, of which 35% will be affordable housing, comprising a mix of two-to-five-bedroom properties. The development will include enhanced community facilities such as extensive public open space, two sports pitches, changing/storage facilities, and biodiversity enhancements.

Nicholas Daruwalla, Land Director at Crest Nicholson South, commented: “This is a strategically important purchase for Crest Nicholson as we look to continue our delivery of homes across high quality locations near the south coast. This purchase in Hailsham will enable us to provide a collection of much needed homes, including affordable housing, to meet local demand. As with all our sites, we are committed to delivering not just homes, but a new destination for residents to enjoy open green spaces and amenities that are essential to building a community where people can establish a life and future for themselves.”

Paul Slingo at Gleeson Land, comments: “We were delighted to have secured outline planning permission for this scheme on behalf of our landowners and pleased to have worked with Crest on the sale. With its placemaking credentials Crest Nicholson will provide a residential environment ideally suited for buyers in the area that will blend seamlessly with the existing community in the surrounding area.”


Iain Cowan FRICS, Director at Cowan Land, comments: “The owners are delighted to have secured the final land sale of this allocation to a high-quality housebuilder such as Crest Nicholson. I have worked with this company over a number of years and have always been impressed with their designs and place making credentials. The location on the south side of the town offers a great connection to the countryside and Pevensey Levels”

Nestled in the market town of Hailsham in East Sussex, the development is a 20-minute drive from the seaside resort of Eastbourne. The town centre, just a mile away, features a number of independent shops, pubs, and restaurants, and the location also provides a great link to the south coast and surrounding area via the A22.

Works are expected to begin towards the end of 2023, with the first completions expected in summer 2024.