Narrow roads and a lack of parking on a small new homes development on the outskirts of Uckfield were highlighted when district councillors carried out a monitoring tour.
Members of Wealden District Council were asked to rate various aspects of the site and give general comments.
The visit to new homes at the Oakwood Close, part of the former Grampian site development, off the Crowborough Road, Five Ash Down, took place last year.
Comments from councillors included:
- Concerned about the main entrance into the site off the A26
- Parking seemed an issue – not enough
- Vehicle access hindered by on street parking
- Narrow roadways. There is a lack of parking. Visitor spaces, if there are any, are not evident
- Poor parking and vehicle access. Emergency vehicle access questionable due to on-street parking and narrow roads.
The site visit was just one of a number of completed planning developments toured in October last year by members of the district council’s overview and scrutiny committee.
The tour is undertaken by councillors so that “continuous improvement is maintained in relation to the quality of approved planning schemes”.
The visit to Five Ash Down was to see an example of small-scale residential development on the former factory site.
The tour feedback produced an overall positive result from the councillors (67% scoring ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ for ‘Quality of Design’).
“Notably, however, two-thirds of respondents scored average or below average for ‘Parking’ and ‘Landscaping’ at the site.
“The detailed comments are similarly split, with a focus on matters around highways issues,” a council document shows.
A final question in the survey completed by councillors on the tour asked for ‘any other comments’.
The replies were:
- Pleased with outcome
- I dislike the entire development
- I didn’t enter the building as we had to remove our shoes.
From our files
Around 500 jobs were lost with the closure of the Grampian Country Food Group’s ‘chicken factory’ just off the A26 at Five Ash Down. It was one of the biggest employers in the area.
The factory supplied chickens for supermarkets.
Closure was blamed on the lack of agricultural space in the South East for the production of chickens.
Prior to being run by Grampian, the factory was owned by Mayhew Chicken.
The site was once a flax factory. An exhibition at Bridge Cottage last February featured parachute canopies from World War 2 made at the factory.
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