A planning inspector is conducting a hearing in Uckfield next week to consider extending the Ridgewood Farm 1,000 homes development site.
The owners of Thorncrest, in Lewes Road, want their property to be included in the strategic site – another 30 homes could be built there. It was originally part of the plan but was then excluded by Wealden District Council.
The planning inspector who began examining the council’s Strategic Sites Local Plan last year now wants to discuss whether the council’s decision to delete the Thorncrest site from the SSLP ‘is reasonable in relation to its reasons for so doing’.
The inspector wants to consider matters of viability, access and integration with the adjacent strategic site and issues related to the Ashdown Forest.
The hearing agenda says: “If the only reasonable argument against including the Thorncrest site in the SSLP relates to the Ashdown Forest issue, are there alternative ways of including the Thorncrest site in the SSLP without breaching the Core Strategy dwelling provision for the area within the seven kilometre zone of restriction.”
The hearing which is to be held at the East Sussex National Golf Club on Tuesday, January 20, has one other item on the agenda which relates to land at North Hailsham.
Full details of the examination of the Strategic Sites Local Plan can be found on the Wealden Council website here. The documents include the council’s response prepared for the hearing within the section headed Additional Hearing 20th January, 2015.
Thorncrest was mentioned in a story carried on UckfieldNews.com in March 2010 when it was assessed as suitable for development, alongside Ridgewood Farm. See: Potential housing sites identified.
The decision to build 1000 new homes in Uckfield was made by the council in December 2010. See: District council agrees Uckfield should have 1,000 new homes.
Other stories setting out the background to the choice of land for development can be seen here:
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