The opening of a 72 acre ‘country park’ at Little Horsted as part of a planning agreement to build 1,000 homes at Ridgewood could unlock the potential for more new homes to be built in Wealden.
The amount of SANGS land (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space) being offered by Welbeck Strategic Land, who submitted the 1,000 homes plan, is more than that required for their proposal.
And at a planning committee meeting last week Welbeck project manager Andrew Hodgson said there could be enough provision to enable another 300 to 600 homes, which already have planning permission, to be built.
SANGS are needed to mitigate the effects of development on the Ashdown Forest, a special area of protection.
UckfieldNews.com this week asked Wealden Council for a list of sites lying idle because of the wait for SANGS and received this response:
“The total number of homes unlocked by the SANGS and their location is yet to be determined.”
The spokesman added: “Properties that have previously been refused planning permission on the basis of the need to contribute to SANGS and Strategic Access Management and Monitoring Strategy (SAMMS) will be able to re-submit once the SANGS and SAMMS are secured and the capacity and catchment area of the SANGS has been determined and made public.”
One planning appeal that was dismissed because of the lack of SANGS was for April Cottage, Buxted, where the proposal was to turn a former doctors’ surgery into a private home.
There’s more here about SANGS: Guidance for Uckfield developers on Ashdown Forest and planning and here: Hunt is on for green spaces in Uckfield to rival Ashdown Forest
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