A start on building 1,000 new homes in Uckfield could be made in a year’s time.
The project on Ridgewood Farm will be built in phases with development going on for ten to 12 years.
An exhibition of the proposals opened today (January 16) at Uckfield Civic Centre (normal opening hours). It continues until January 23. It will also be available as a “bound document” at the public library.
Information is also available online at a dedicated website
Architects and planners John Thompson and Partners have drawn up the proposals for a “new neighbourhood” for Welbeck Strategic Land.
The land has been allocated for development by Wealden District Council’s Core Strategy 2013.
Welbeck aims to submit an outline planning application later this month with the start of development dependent on the grant of all planning permissions needed.
Some key points:
Areas of ancient woodland will be protected by a 15m buffer zone where no development will be permitted.
There will be affordable housing – the total to be determined by the developers in negotiation with the district council.
Discussions have taken place to alter the route of the No 29 bus to serve the development.
Three equipped play areas will be provided. “Informal” play will be possible as “large areas of public amenity space will form part of the public realm/landscaped areas serving the site.
All buildings will be placed in areas of the site with the “lowest probability of flooding”.
Community facilities will be placed within or near the existing farm buildings. This could include a convenience store.
Health facilities could be accommodated in existing buildings, “if a need is identified”.
More details can be found in the UckfieldNews.com story earlier this week, here. It includes details about the plans for a school, access points to the site and changes to the provision of green spaces, known as SANGS, needed because of the Ashdown Forest 7km rule.
Photographs below were taken at the exhibition in the civic centre. Click on each picture to enlarge.