New planning rules could curtail development in Uckfield
Development in Uckfield and surrounding communities could be curtailed by new planning rules designed to protect the Ashdown Forest.
But UckfieldNews.com has been told the proposals for 1,000 new homes to the south west of Uckfield will not be affected.
Small-scale domestic extensions, changes of use and replacement buildings will be outside the scope of the new measures.
Developments from now on, such as building a small number of houses as in-filling and extensions to factories will all have to meet the tighter regulations, unless such changes are part of Wealden District Council’s core strategy.
The rules will affect all planning applications which involve “material intensification of development” and lie with 7km of the Ashdown Forest Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area.
Part of the “key” for getting planning permission for new developments will be the provision of “mitigation” schemes, such as alternative green spaces.
(Added to site Tuesday, May 8th, 2012)