Two fields on the left of this picture, opposite Fernley Park, Eastbourne Road, could be developed with 90 homes if plans before Wealden Council are approved.

Plans for 90 new homes on land off Eastbourne Road, Uckfield

Plans have been submitted for up to 90 homes to be built on land off Eastbourne Road, Uckfield.

The site comprises two fields totalling 4.16 hectares (about 10.28 acres). To the north is Eastbourne Road with residential properties beyond. To the west is Ridgewood Industrial Estate.

The scheme has been submitted by Gladman Developments who carried out a consultation in October about a proposal to build 95 homes on the same site.

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A section of one of the fields included in a planning application for 90 homes. This view is looking towards Ridgewood Industrial Estate.

Proposals now include up to 35% affordable housing, the introduction of structural planting and landscaping, informal public open space and children’s play area.

They also include surface water flood mitigation, a vehicular access point from Eastbourne Road and associated ancillary works.

Details of housing mix, precise location of buildings and appearance would be brought forward at the reserved matters stage in the planning process.

An illustrative layout has been submitted and shows how the site could be developed taking into account constraints on the site, but this is not for determination at this stage.

Access is proposed from Eastbourne Road from a new T junction.

An existing footway on the south side of Eastbourne Road would be upgraded and widened to 1.8m. There would be localised carriageway narrowing along Eastbourne Road west of the site to enable this.

In addition, it is also proposed to reduce the carriageway width of an existing slowing/turning lane at the junction of New Road/Eastbourne Road to allow the footway to be widened to 2m along this section.

The aim of these changes would be to provide the development with a “good standard pedestrian link” to existing pedestrian infrastructure and local bus stops.

More than 39% of green infrastructure is proposed, including new public open space and a “high quality” landscape setting, along with an equipped children’s play area.

This would be close to the housing along with a more informal recreation space and landscaping to meet the needs of new residents.

Documents submitted with the planning application say there would be:

  • Significant areas of planting to provide green infrastructure, ecology and wildlife benefits
  • Retained and enhanced hedgerows on the site boundaries
  • Habitat creation measures to ensure biodiversity is retained, such as enhanced hedgerows, green corridors and balancing ponds
  • Provision of domestic gardens which provide an opportunity to improve biodiversity over and above agricultural use.

An overview of the plans from Gladman Developments says there would be social, economic  and environmental benefits from the scheme.

It says there are no unacceptable adverse impacts associated with it.

“As with any greenfield site, the development will introduce changes to the area and some urbanising effects.

“Care has been taken to ensure that the impact and perceived impact on Uckfield is minimal and acceptable. This will be achieved through careful design and siting, and the holistic approach to landscape provision at the site.”

The statement concludes: “This development, as proposed clearly constitutes ‘sustainable development’, is viable and deliverable.

“There are significant material considerations that weigh heavily in its favour. In accordance with planning law and policy guidance the application should be approved without delay.”

Full details of the application can be seen on the Wealden District Council website. The application number is WD/2016/1081/MEA.

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