Salehurst and Robertsbridge Parish Council


Salehurst & Robertsbridge is one of the larger parishes in East Sussex and lies mid-way between Tunbridge Wells to the north and Hastings to the south on the main London to Hastings road, the A21.


The parish is entirely contained within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


More information about the history and organisation of the parish can be found at About the Parish.

Latest News


Station Road Closure
19th July 2022


Some residents will have seen the sign on Station Road to say it is closed 25-29 July. We have spoken to East Sussex Highways and South East Water today to check what is happening. Station Road will be closed from Willowbank to the Ostrich for a new water connection. We have been told that there will be an official long road diversion which lorries will have to take from above the station via Brightling ,Cackle Street, and A21. There will be access to the station, village hall, doctors surgery and homes and businesses in Station Road. We are unsure if local residents will be given access from the station to the High Street so you may need to use Bishops Lane. We have been told that there will be signage to show people where to go. Pedestrians will still be able to walk up and down Station Road.


If you want to check for updates you can look at the live map on onenetwork website.


12th July 2022


Thank you to everyone who attended the Parish meeting yesterday where the application to discuss the planning application for 44 homes near Bishops Lane was discussed. The decision of the Parish Planning Committee was to OBJECT to the application, reflecting the views of residents at the meeting.. The full minutes will be available on the Parish Council website next week. Please note Rother Planning Committee will make the final decision on whether the application goes ahead or not. So it is VERY IMPORTANT that any residents in the Parish who wish to make their views known to Rother do so by 19th July here. Please note if you informally commented on Facebook or just as an email to Parish Clerk you need to submit your comments yourself on the Rother website link above.


5th July 2022


As already notified an additional Parish Planning Committee meeting has been arranged for Monday 11th July 7.30pm AT THE VILLAGE HALL to discuss the planning application for 44 new dwellings on land near Bishops Lane.


At this meeting the developer Devine Homes will give a short presentation and then members of the public can ask questions and make comments to the developer and the Parish Council, before the Parish Council decides how to comment on the application.




30th June 2022


There will be two Parish Planning Committee Meetings in July.


There will be a meeting on Monday 4th July 2022 at Robertsbridge Youth Centre at 7.30pm. The press and public are welcome to attend and up to 15 minutes will be allowed at the start of the meeting for public comments and questions. The agenda for the meeting will be available on the 'Council Meetings' page three days prior. The Notice of the meeting is here


There will be a second meeting held on Monday 11th July 2022 at Robertsbridge Village Hall at 7.30pm. The Notice for the meeting is here and again the press and public are welcome to attend. This meeting is being held specifically to discuss the planning application for 44 dwellings on land near Bishops Lane (the field between Bishops Lane and Willowbank). Devine Homes, the developer, will give a short presentation on their proposed development. The public will then have the opportunity to ask the Developer and Parish Council questions and comment on the application. After this the Committee will decide how they wish to comment (Like the public the Parish Council can only submit comments to Rother, it is Rother District Council who will make the decision on whether the application is approved or not).

Further details including a link to the application can be found in 2 other items of 'latest news' on 23rd June and 28th March on the home page of our website. The deadline for comments is 19th July. If you have questions for the Parish Council please attend the meeting.


Potential development of 44 homes - Bishops Lane UPDATE
23rd June 2022


Further to our news article on 28th March 2022, Devine Homes has submitted a planning application for 44 new dwellings on the field between Bishops Lane and Willowbank which is now live for comment on Rother District Council website. The application is RR/2022/1379/P and can be found on the website here


The Parish Council will inform residents the date and location of the Parish Planning Committee where this application will be considered. For those who are not aware the Parish Council is consulted on planning applications, alongside residents. It is Rother District Council which makes the decision on whether applications are approved or not.



21st June 2022


Today the Parish Office will finally be reopening to the public. Normal pre Covid opening hours will resume...

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-4pm and other times by arrangement. Enter via the blue front door to the Youth Centre, opposite the car park to The George Inn.


We look forward to seeing you again in person whether you need some pink recycling bags, you have a query about the cemetery, wish to report that a village amenity needs attention, or even can offer some time to help in the local community.



16th June 2022


Our prizewinners are:


Mountfield vineyard tour for "Corgi Cordially Invited for Pimms" by Neil Shuttleworth


Fisherwood Alpaca Experience for "Meeting Queenie in Station Road" by Purdy Atkinson/Atkinson family


Nosh Burgers for "Jubilee Cottage" by Jane Turner/Turner family


THANK YOU EVERYONE for taking part in the competition, and to our roving volunteer photographers we recruited especially for the weekend. Jubilee photos will be posted on Facebook and added here to our website over the next few weeks.




Planning Committee Meeting - 6th June 2022
31st May 2022



There will be a Planning Committee Meeting on Monday 6th June 2022 at Robertsbridge Youth Centre at 7.30pm. PLEASE NOTE THAT PLANNING MEETINGS HAVE NOW MOVED FROM THURSDAY TO MONDAY.


The press and public are welcome to attend and up to 15 minutes will be allowed at the start of the meeting for public comments and questions. The agenda for the meeting will be available on the 'Council Meetings' page three days prior. See the Notice of Meeting.


Robertsbridge Celebrates the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
26th May 2022


We invite you to join us at the main local community event for Salehurst and Robertsbridge residents, which is being organised for Saturday 4th June. This will be a free non ticketed event in Station Road. Further details can be found on our Jubilee pages on this website or on the Robertsbridge Platinum Jubilee Facebook page for those who use Facebook. The brochure for the event is available here to view and print, or printed copies are available in local shops. Thank you to all the volunteers who are busy preparing for this event. Tell your family and friends and come along and join in the fun. There are a number of other events being organised in the village over Jubilee weekend by local groups and businesses, details for which are published on our website here


13th May 2022


The Parish Council is very sorry to announce the resignation of Cllr James Tucker, who sadly finds he is no longer able to dedicate the time he would like to, due to work commitments. Thank you James for your contribution to the Parish Council.



You can see the statutory Notice of Vacancy here


Parish Council Meeting
11th May 2022



There will be a Full Council Meeting on Monday 16th May at the Village Hall in Station Road, at 7.30pm.


The first part of the meeting will constitute the Annual Council Meeting, including election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council, plus Committees, Working Group and Council Representatives.






A period of up to 15 minutes will be allowed at the start for questions and comments from the public.


Potential development of 44 dwellings - Bishops Lane
28th March 2022


At their meeting on Monday 21 March 2022, the Parish Council was advised that Devine Homes (developer) intends to submit a planning application to Rother District Council (RDC) in a few weeks time, for 44 dwellings, on the field behind the houses in Bishops Lane and adjacent to Willow Bank.



This land is not currently designated for development; it was not particularly popular with residents as a development site during consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan (NP), and was not designated. RDC has already approved plans for 100 dwellings on the old mill site and 30 on Grove Farm (in line with the NP), and further land off George Hill above Heathfield Gardens, and the old vicarage site in Fair Lane were/are designated for future development. However, as none of these has actually been started, and nationally set housing targets are not being met across Rother, the developer is prepared to take a chance on it being approved regardless.


We await further details when an application is actually submitted to RDC and registered on their website. If/when that happens, the Planning Committee Meeting at which the Parish Council will consider the application will be decided / advertised.



Join the Parish Council – get involved with your community
8th March 2022


The Parish Council has a vacancy for one more Councillor. If you would like to be considered to join your active and involved Council, please complete an application form, which you can download here: application form, or request by email at: Please make sure it is returned fully completed by Wednesday 16 March.


The applications will be considered, and a new Councillor chosen, at the Parish Council Meeting on 21 March 2022 (candidates will ideally be available to attend, but please don't let a prior engagement on that date prevent you from applying).


If you would like to find out more, please telephone or email the Parish Office. Or contact one of the existing Councillors - telephone numbers and email addresses are available on the 'contact us' tab.