Update on Saturday, September 3, 2016: Outline plans for nine homes and allotments to be built on land adjoining Mill Cottage in London Road, Maresfield, have been approved by Wealden Council officers.
A note accompanying the council’s resolution to grant the outline permission says: “A reduced form of development is required with focus of development in the northern section of the site, with some limited devdelopment adjacent to 6 School Cottages, thereby leaving substantial open space on lower parts of the site adjacent to Mill Cottage.”
The note continues: “Early discussions with the local planning authority ahead of any formal submissions are encouraged to secure an appropriate landscape led layout bearing in mind the sensitivity of this site (in particular but not limited to the upgraded entrance, with replacement tree planting at the edge of this access).
“The applicant is also encouraged to consider the possibility of providing access to adjacent houses at School Cottages, School Hill, which have no vehicular access at present.”
The planning application went before the district council’s planning committee north on Thursday, August 25, after local councillor Michael Lunn declined to allow the exercise of officer powers to issue a decision.
From an Uckfield News story on Thursday, August 18: Among his reasons was that while the scheme was reduced from a recently-refused 20 unit proposal – which was considered to adversely affect the setting of listed buildings – there would be some impact on the setting of both listed buildings and the layout and entrance to the village. This included the effect of a widened access to serve the development.
Officers conclude in a report to the planning committee that the current application is lodged with more detailed Statement of Heritage Significance and argues, with research and evidence, that the setting of Mill Cottage will not be affected to anythng like the degree stated in the refusal of the previous plan.
They say the revised proposal of nine dwellings lessens the effects still further and that it would assist in the provision of housing in the local area and district in general.
Read the full report to the planning committee on the Wealden website here.
Our previous story on July 13, 2016: New plans have been submitted for nine homes to be built and allotments provided in Maresfield.
If approved they will be built on land adjoining Mill Cottage, to the north of London Road, and next to Bonners Primary School.
The revised application follows a previous one for 20 homes on the same site which was refused in April.
The site is nearly four-and-a-half acres in size and the proposal is to develop about two acres of it.
Documents submitted with the outline planning application concludes: “The revised scheme would not be detrimental to the visual and rural setting of the village of Maresfield and cause harm to the character and appearance of this part of the village.”
A previous Uckfield News story about plans to build next to Mill Cottage can be seen here: Plans to build 20 new homes in Maresfield refused.