News from Uckfield Town Council's plans committee

Uckfield Town Council’s plans objections pushed aside by Wealden

Wealden planners have rejected strong advice from Uckfield councillors on three developments in the town – two on the Manor Park estate.

The town council, which is a statutory consultee, advised the following planning applications should be refused:

  • Outline permission for three, two-bedroom apartments at Kings Court, off Hempstead Road.
  • Outline permission for a two-storey, three-bedroom home (to match existing terraced property) at 16 West View, Manor Park.
  • New home at 72 Tower Ride, Manor Park.

Wealden approved them.

Kings Court plans

The town’s plans committee objected to the Kings Court scheme due to what it considered would be an over-development of the site, and concerns over lack of parking spaces.

Wealden District Council, in granting planning permission, said the site was within existing higher density residential development, mainly flats.

“With three further flats on the site, the wider density of the area would be increased,” the district council said.

“However, as is seen in the indicative site plan the amount of development remains appropriate for an urban location. The site plan also reveals space is available for parking, which would be subject to final details within reserved matters submission and associated planning conditions.”

Manor Park Estate plans

In objecting to the West View scheme, the town council said the development would go beyond the boundary wall, would be within the 15km sphere of influence of the Ashdown Forest, would impinge on the open plan nature of the site and not be in line with the Wealden District Council Core Strategy Local Plan which aims to prevent a net loss of biodiversity and open spaces.

In granting planning permission, Wealden District Council said there was room in Uckfield for this particular development within the Ashdown Forest sphere of influence. Trees in the vicinity were not protected. A tree assessment could be a condition for reserved matters. The location would not have an adverse effect upon the open nature of the site as it would use a space between a building’s garden and road. The frontage (where the open space is) would not be materially affected.

Tower Ride

The town council said the Tower Ride scheme was over-development and considered it infilling, which the committee opposes.

Wealden said in reply the council’s comments effectively repeated objections to the original application which had been approved. It noted that no comment was offered on the amendments proposed concerning an additional bedroom and alterations to the frontage.
The development proposed was consistent with other examples of infill residential development which have “long provided for much needed housing”.
The available plot provides for both amenity spaces as well as off road parking for two vehicles which respond to concerns regarding parking. The dwelling does nothing to impinge on the open plan nature of the estate with the proposed infilling of the junctions between the north and eastern terrace blocks.
The true open plan character, whereby dwellings generally face inward toward common greenspaces is not compromised, Wealden planners said.

The results of the planning process were reported to last night’s (February 27) meeting of Uckfield Town Council plans committee.

The meeting decided to support the following applications:

  • Single-storey side extension and associated alterations at 25 Wilson Grove
  • Single storey rear extension at 18 Baxendale Way, Fernley Park
  • Removal of conservatory and provision of a two-storey rear addition at 82 The Drive
  • Proposed single storey rear extension at 15 Stumblewood Close, Fernley Park
  • Porch on front elevation at 36 Keld Avenue, New Town
  • Retrospective application for an extension to the retail unit to provide a trade counter at Green DIY, Bell Lane, Bellbrook Business Park. The retrospective nature of this application was criticised with the chairman of the meeting, Cllr Barry Mayhew, saying they did not expect businesses to do this.

The committee was also told Wealden District Council had approved planning permission for a two-storey side extension and dormer at 111 Nevill Road, Manor Park, and the creation of one additional flat within the redevelopment of Oakridge House, New Town.

It has refused permission for the creation of an off-road car parking space at 35 Framfield Road, New Town.

Wealden has ruled that a single-storey rear addition with garden room is a permitted development at 47 Keld Avenue, New Town.

Members of Uckfield Town Council plans committee present at the meeting were:

Vice-chairman, Cllr Barry Mayhew, Independent, New Town
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, Uckfield North
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, Uckfield North
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, Uckfield North

Apologies

Chairman, Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, Uckfield North
Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town,

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