Ridgewood Rise, Uckfield. Neighbours are objecting to plans for a 75-bed care home on the site.

Concern over plans for 75-bed care home at Ridgewood Rise

Residents in Highview Lane, Uckfield, are concerned about plans for a 75-bed care home at Ridgewood Rise and don’t think they have been given enough time to object.

Mr Paul Dowling whose home backs on to the site said he didn’t know anything about the latest scheme until his return from holiday.

There were previously plans to build a 48-bed care home there but in the latest application before Wealden District Council the proposal is for 75 beds in a three-storey building.

He has spoken to neighbours who didn’t know about the plans either and has collected ten written objections which he was taking to Wealden District Council on Monday (September 7).

He knew of another four people who planned to email their objections to the council but other people were still on holiday, he said. “We only have until Wednesday (September 9) to object and that isn’t enough time.”

People were worried about the scale of the development and concerned about who would repair damage caused by construction vehicles to the unadopted Highview Lane.

Another concern was the amount of car parking proposed for the new home. Residents thought 18 car parking spaces, two of them for disabled people, wasn’t enough.

Mr Dowling said: “There’s no parking in Highview Lane so overflow parking will be displaced into other roads such as Wares Road or Pipers Field.”

He was pleased to hear, when residents met with district councillor Barry Marlowe, that the planning application would go to a committee for consideration – rather than be delegated for an officer decision. This will give councillors the chance to consider neighbours’ objections

Read more about the planning application here: 75-bed care home planned for Ridgewood Rise, Uckfield.

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