The Straight Half Mile, Maresfield. Twenty-five new homes could be built to the east of the road, just beyond The Lane on the opposite side of the road..

Plans for 25 new homes in Maresfield

Plans for 25 new homes in Maresfield are to be submitted to Wealden District Council.

Savills at Sevenoaks have requested a screening opinion to build on land between Straight Half Mile and Nursery Lane.

They are asking whether an Environmental Impact Assessment will be required to accompany a planning application to develop nearly seven acres of land, which would include public open space.

Agricultural land

The land is east of Straight Halt Mile and is currently a broadly rectangular wedge of agricultural land, described as having residential properties next to all boundaries with a full frontage along the opposite side of the road.

Savills says, in a letter to the council, that those properties previously formed part of the settlement as defined by the 1998 Local Plan but the Core Strategy 2013 removed the boundary “as the area is regarded as a ‘neighbourhood centre’. This indicates that boundaries are removed to allow for allocations to accommodate housing growth, and that new boundaries will be included in the Site Allocations DPD.”

Savills says the site is not subject to any designations, nor does it lie within the Maresfield Conservation Area, the Green Belt or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Affordable housing

The 25 properties would be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes, including affordable housing and housing for the elderly.

The Savills letter continues: “Dwellings will be either one or two storeys in height and comprise a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced units.

“It is intended to provide a linear row of properties fronting the highway, with a cul-de-sac formed at the rear.

“All proposed dwellings will be served by a single access off Straight Half Mile. To the south of the proposed dwellings will be an area of public open space.

“The proposed land use will reflect that of existing uses in the area, notably on the opposite side of Straight Half Mile which used to form the defined village settlement.”

• Earlier this year plans to build 25 new homes on land between the Park Farm development at Maresfield and the A22 were approved. See: Plans approved for 25 new homes in Maresfield.

• Plans for 20 new homes on land adjoining Mill Cottage, to the north of London Road, and next to Bonners Primary School were refused. See: Plans to build 20 new homes in Maresfield refused.

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