A Google Earth image showing Furnace Bank House in the centre of the picture and the woodland that would be removed to make way for four new homes. London Road is described as High Street on the map.

Plans to remove woodland and build new houses in Maresfield

Plans have been submitted to remove woodland and build four new detached homes in London Road, Maresfield.

They would be in the grounds of Furnace Bank House, opposite School Cottages on School Hill.

A drawing submitted to the council shows a new private gated pedestrian and vehicle access at the end of the development nearest Bonners School.

The site is 1.35 acres of secondary, mixed semi-natural, woodland and just less than an acre of managed grassland.

Trees

Twelve scattered trees on the grassland would also be removed if the plans are approved and six more would be removed at the northeast corner to facilitate access.

An ecology report says: “The woodland consists of a small number of scattered mature specimens with self-seeded infill, for example, the downy birch growth all appears to be of a similar age. The canopy is therefore closed which has limited the growth of ground flora to a small number of species.”

The report recommends that trees identified with “moderate potential” to support roosting bats be retained.

It also recommends clearing the woodland outside the bird nesting season, including bat and bird boxes in the development and adding wildlife planting along the boundaries of the site.

Find more details in the planning application WD/2015/1071/O which can be found on the Wealden website.

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