Plans for two semi-detached and two detached homes in a phased development on land near Charlwood Manor in Snatts Road, Uckfield, have been submitted to Wealden Council.
One of the semi-detached homes would be for the rental market and the second semi and two detached – which would be self-builds – are intended for use by the applicant, Mr Barry Martin, of East Hoathly, as homes for his family.
The design and access statement says the site is about 0.8 of an acre in size and was historically part of the grounds of the neighbouring Charlwood Manor – which itself is being developed.
The statement says: “The application site has a large dried up pond situated across a large portion of it, with tree and hedge-lined boundaries, which are particularly mature and dense along Snatts Road. The rest of the site is open ground.”
The statements goes on to say the dwellings would be of a low impact, and eco friendly contemporary design that would maintain the site’s secluded atmosphere within the historic garden setting.
A new access road would run down the west of the site, turning across the south of it to access Snatts Road to the south-east.
The two semi-detached homes would be to the south-west, to the left of the new road as you enter the site, while the detached homes would be next to one another on a north-south configuration on the right of the access road.
“They will be positioned over the bank of the pond, having the entrance and living space on the ground floor, with the bedrooms below on a basement level, that looks out over the re-established pond,” says the statement.
The statement concludes: “We feel that this proposal is an excellent use of a site that would otherwise struggle to be used in a beneficial way.
“The site will be retained by a local family that will use it as their home, and as a source of income.
“The architectural design is of a high standard, and offers a scheme that is attractive and unique, but has a low impact on the wider setting.”