Plans to demolish a former medical centre at Temple Grove, Herons Ghyll, and build five new homes on its site and neighbouring land are recommended for approval by Wealden councillors.
The council’s planning, north, committee is due to meet today (April 12) and an officer’s report says the development is acceptable in scale and design, providing a “useful contribution to the housing land supply of the district, including the provision of affordable housing”.
Buxted Parish Council is reported saying the design of the development would be more aesthetically pleasing than what is there at the moment.
Neighbours have objected to the planning application because of concerns about increased traffic, highway safety and damage to ancient woodland.
The site includes the former medical centre, a large area of hardstanding that is currently a car park, and an area of “scrubland”.
The plan is to remove the existing building and build five detached houses arranged north to south along a new access route.
To the south is a stable building with planning permission for conversion to residential and to the east is Temple Grove Care Home.
Nearby Temple Grove House, a Grade II listed Victorian mansion which was used as a boarding school from the 1930s, is now restored and converted to residential units.
The officer’s report says the current D1 use of the site (which includes clinics, health centres, creches, day nurseries) could generate an average 93 daily vehicle trips, which is more than there would be to and from the houses, estimated at between 25 and 35 daily vehicle trips.
The full officer’s report can be seen here on the Wealden Council website.