An illustration of the SANGS area proposed as part of the 1,000 homes development at Ridgewood Farm, Uckfield. Photographed at a public exhibition.

Work begins on new 70-acre Owlsbury Park outside Uckfield

Owlsbury Park is to be the name of a new 70-acre countryside recreation site at Little Horsted just outside Uckfield.

Work has begun on the park which is being provided for the people of Uckfield and the surrounding area.

The announcement is made in a press release from Wealden Council as a similar park, Walshes Park, at Crowborough, nears completion.

Developer contributions

The council is working on both parks with cost being refunded through developer contributions toward Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGS) designed to mitigate visitor pressure on the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area.

When open, there will be a pedestrian access to Owlsbury Park off the local public footpath network and via an underpass on the A22 and a car park in Horsted Pond Lane.

Initially there were to be 28 parking spaces off Horsted Pond Lane but councillors took on board concerns of Little Horsted parish meeting and residents and agreed there should be 14 permanent spaces there and another 14 spaces shouldbe found on the Ridgewood side of the A22 as development progressed.

More detail of the Uckfield SANGS was given in an outline planning application for 1,000 homes in Ridgewood and reported in an Uckfield News story in February 2015.

Circular walk

At that time is was planned to have a 2.5km long circular walk, along with a variety of supplementary routes.

There was also to be new woodland, tree belts and hedgerows, new pasture field for informal recreation, cattle grazing, and creation of wildflower meadow, a community orchard, a noise bund alongside the A22 to mitigate traffic noise and a car park for visitors comprising 28 spaces accessed via Horsted Pond Lane.

Read more from that story here: SANGS would cover 73 acres.

And read about the Crowborough SANGS, Welshes Park, in a blog on our Uckfield Events website: New 70-acre park to open to public in the spring

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