Views of Uckfield residents are being sought at an exhibition today (March 14) of Taylor Wimpey plans for the first 250 homes of 1,000 to be built as part of the Ridgewood Farm development.
Company representatives were at the Uckfield Club to answer questions. Display boards showed where the first two phases of development would be, and also looked at site-wide opportunities and constraints, and street scenes.
The company said feedback would be taken into account as a reserved matters planning application was prepared for submission to Wealden District Council.
There wasn’t much more detail given than shared in an Uckfield News story published on March 3, see below, though there were drawings showing how the houses might look, descriptions of materials that could be used and about how the ecological value of the site could be enhanced.
For example, it was said that the majority of existing trees and hedgerows bordering the site would be retained and a semi-natural habitat would be created incorporating strategic areas of open space bordering the main development parcels and linking new and retained areas of habitat.
New Town resident Mel Sanders who has been following the development proposals closely and who attended yesterday’s exhibition said he remained of the opinion that Uckfield’s infrastructure would not be able to cope with the number of peope moving to the town because of the development.
He was concerned about congestion on the by-pass, parking in the town centre, the number of available school places and the pressure on doctors’ surgeries.
He added: “They are talking about cycle ways but I don’t think people will be riding their bikes into town. Everybody will be taking their cars, and the ten-hour section of the Luxford Car Park is nearly full already.”
Detailed plans on the way for first 250 of 1,000 Ridgewood homes
From our original story on March 3: A public exhibition is to be held to share details of emerging plans for the first 250 of 1,000 new homes to be built at Ridgewood.
Taylor Wimpey, which has bought land, off Lewes Road, for the first two phases of development is holding the exhibition on Tuesday, March 14 at The Uckfield Club in Bell Lane, from 3-8pm.
After that more information will be added to Ridgewood Farm section of the Taylor Wimpey website.
Outline planning permission was given a year ago by Wealden Council to Welbeck Strategic Land for 1,000 new homes to be built on more than 45 acres of land in Ridgewood.
Taylor Wimpey says their detailed scheme for 250 of them, on about 25 acres, will incude public open space and two children’s play areas.
Other key elements for inclusion are said to be:
- 15% affordable homes for local people in housing need
- A mix of property types and sizes, including two, three, four and five-bedroom homes
- Two points of access from Lewes Road, for vehicular and pedestrian use.
The company says it will contribute towards additional primary, secondary and sixth-form education places and towards the provision of nearly 70 acres of Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space, on the Little Horsted side of the A22.
It also says it will upgrade Lewes Road by widening footpaths and providing traffic-calming measures and improve the A22 Copwood roundabout.
In addition it plans to contribute towards improving bus stops along Lewes Road and Eastbourne Road, to provide real-time passenger information, and shelters.
Jonathan Wilkins said on the Uckfield News Facebook page: “And, of course, there will be new doctors surgery, hospital, dentists etc etc …”
Elly Mckay-Smith says: “Footpaths, but what about the width of the road?”
Ian Mackay says: “So many questions …”
Ben Mitchell says: “Great for local business to supply product.”
Jill Turner says: “Are they going to widen the A22? It is bad enough in the mornings now. What about supermarkets? It is ifficult to get in the two in town sometimes so what will it be like after they build all these houses?
“I understand they need more houses but the roads and other amenities need to be improved as well.”
Richard Young says: “Friends of mine live near Little Horsted on the Lewes road and were told by local councillor that it would only mean 40 more cars on that road during the day. And once it’s built it’ll expand across the bypass!!!”
Steve Mell says: “Just can’t wait for all that construction traffic to clog up the A22 and I’ll bet the residents of Sharpthorne and West Hoathly are really looking forward to the inevitable increase in aggregate truck traffic (from Crawley depots, I think). Those leviathans are a bloody menace as they thunder their way over the forest. Happy days…..”
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