Part of the site where 1,000 new homes are being planned in Uckfield

1,000 homes planners want to get to know Uckfield

Master planners for the 1,000 homes development to the south and west of Uckfield want to get to know the town before they formulate plans.

They talked to the town council this week as an initial meeting which could be termed as “consultations about consultations”.

Representatives from John Thompson and Partners wanted advice on who they should be talking to and any immediate issues that came to mind before the proper consultations get under way.

The firm will be holding an exhibition/event at the civic centre on February 28 and the following day, March 1.

People will be able to read information about the project on boards and talk face-to-face with people about the project.

Town councillors took the opportunity to flag a number of issues with the planners, prior to the formal start of consultations.

Affordable housing

As we reported yesterday (here), it is possible an outline planning application with be made in July.

Issues the town councillors put forward included:

*The need for 35 per cent of the new homes to be “affordable”

*Enough space for residents to park cars

*Ensuring any roundabouts on the Uckfield by-pass are not “like the one in Eastbourne Road” for Fernley Park

*Ensuring a bus service for the new estate

* Making provision for allotments.

Members of the public at the meeting asked that the planners ensured everyone in Uckfield knew about the consultation, and raised potential problems with site drainage, possible traffic congestion on the A22 and where the suitable areas of natural green spaces (SANGS) might be.

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