A nursery and community building could be provided in Maresfield if plans for 25 new homes in the village are approved.
A planning application to build on land next to the Straight Half Mile is before Wealden Council. It includes a pedestrian crossing on the road.
The application from Portman Homes, says 16 of the homes would be private and nine affordable. They would be single and two-storey units, and the nursery would be single-storey.
The site is opposite Middle Drive, next to Straight Half Mile, and extends to 1.4 hectares of land ‘infrequently used for agricultural purposes’. The eastern boundary runs along Nursery Lane.
A design and access statement says: “The surrounding area to the north and east is largely made up of open and undeveloped landscape and includes Reedings Wood to the east.
“The area to the south and west is largely made up of village housing.”
There would be separate accesses to the nursery and to the homes, both from Straight Half Mile.
Benefits of the development are said to include:
- A nursery, of benefit to all of the local community.
- Private and affordable housing, satisfying housing needs of the area and the affordable housing requirements of the council.
- Benefit to the local economy with the increase in population and therefore expenditure in the village and area.
- The opportunity to enhance and improve the entrance to the village.
- An extension to the public footpath along Straight Half Mile.
- A new footpath across the site for the benefit of walkers and local residents linking Straight Half Mile with Nursery Lane and then on to the public footpath network to Reedings Wood and Hendall Wood.
The statement says the proposal in terms of layout, height, access, and the relationship with neighbouring properties is sympathetic to its surroundings.
It is said to optimise the sloped nature of the site and, together with planting and vegetation, limits the visual impact it has upon the surrounding area.
“The proposal includes a variety of dwelling sizes and a mixture of private and affordable units to satisfy the council’s needs.
“The development specifically targets level access housing for the active elderly who are ‘right’ sizing.”
See an Uckfield News story carried last year about a screening opinion being requested from the council for the land.