A consultation is under way about proposals to build 95 homes on land off Eastbourne Road, Uckfield.
Gladman Developments has distributed leaflets to about 570 households and businesses in town and an advert on the home page of the Uckfield News website links to a website with more detail about the plans including maps.
The aim is to give local residents, businesses and organisations the opportunity to learn about the draft proposals and tell Gladman Developments what they would like to see as part of the development should it be built.
Gladman say in their leaflet: “Your feedback is important to us and will be used to help shape our final proposals. Whether you are in favour of, or opposed to new housing on this site, please tell us why.”
The site is next to the Ridgewood Industrial Park, opposite the new Fernley Park Estate and part of it adjoins the Millennium Green.
Access to the proposed development is shown on the way out of Uckfield before the roundabout entrance to Fernley Park.
Trees and hedgerows
The plans show where trees and hedgerows would be retained and where a potential hedgerow would be built to screen the industrial park and allow habitat connectivity.
There would be direct pedestrian access to a public footpath, New Road and the Millennium Green. Public open space is included and so is an equipped play area.
After the consultation Gladman Developments expect to submit a planning application.
“We appreciate that people who live within the immediate vicinity of our housing proposals may be concerned about matters such as increased levels of road traffic, loss of views and doubtless many other topics.
Link to leaflet
“In order to help address these questions, we have put together a Frequently Asked Topics section at the end of this leaflet.
“Whilst we fully understand why people may have concerns, they need to be balanced against the requirement to provide much-needed new houses, to meet the differing needs of an increasing population and address housing affordability.
“It is schemes like this that enable younger people and their families, in roles that we rely upon (such as teachers, nurses, police officers etc) to have a suitable home conveniently located for their needs. We all know and accept that more housing is needed and a stance of ‘put it elsewhere’ will result in not enough houses being built.”
The land in Eastbourne Road is not included for development in Wealden Council’s core strategy, nor is it allocated for housing in the council’s Local Plan which is currently being drawn up. Read more about that here: Uckfield escapes allocation of additional housing.
• Plans for Uckfield have so far focussed on building 1000 homes at Ridgewood Farm, west of Uckfield, Outline planning permission has been given for that scheme.