Chiltington Lane

saved! - the Forge in East Chiltington

right thing right place

by C L Scribbler

Save the Forge in Chiltington LaneAt the end of 2016 and early months of 2017 - there was much ado in East Chiltington about the possible impact of a planning application planning - LW/17/0249 - on the continuing viability of the property historically associated with the Old Forge in Highbridge Lane.

Highbridge Lane? - this being at the end of Chiltington Lane - if you start at the Lewes end - or the beginning - if you're coming from Plumpton. Although in the interests of balance - I'm sure that any future editor of HighBridgeLane.com - which is still in stealth mode at the time of writing this - or more accurately "deep stealth mode" as the domain hasn't been registered yet - might restate these start-end relationships the other way around. If you're still not entirely sure about the location I prepared a guide earlier called - where inexactly is Chiltington Lane?

what's the Forge risk status now?

As far as I know (in December 2018) the hullabaloo about the Forge has been resolved and it's still standing.

I didn't write much about it here on ChiltingtonLane.com because others - more closely connected - were already doing a great job. But I thought it worth preserving something of what was said. Unfortunately - from the perspective of a memorist - the main campaigning website is no longer viewable on the web.

the Forge in Highbridge Lane, East Chiltington - right thing right place

as reported - January 2017

In 2016 we had - the wrong thing in the wrong place (the idea of a caviar farm) in Chiltington Lane. If you're looking for it on your GPS - it didn't get built and there was a happy ending. You can read more about that here.

Now in January 2017 we have an issue which is more like the right thing in the right place. The idea of protecting something which has been here for 200 years.

The Forge has a good back story. And is said to be where the flying car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was built (according to the Argus article (January 14, 2017) - which says "developers are looking to destroy a historic forge where the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car from the (eponymous) movie was made.
Save the Forge in Chiltington Lane
New signs have been appearing in the lanes of East Chiltington to raise awareness of a plan which impacts the continuing long term future of the Forge in Highbridge Lane.

"The old historic forge in East Chiltington is under threat of demolition and redevelopment. The planning application has been submitted and the deadline for both comments and objections is January 27th, 2017."

For more about this see saveeastchiltingtonforge.com

Later:- unfortunately that web site has ended and there isn't a readable capture of it in the internet archive.

But the Facebook campaign page still exists here.

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