90 homes plan recommended for approval

Land where 90 homes could be built in Eastbourne Road, Uckfield, is behind the hedge, left. The roundabout to the Fernley Park Estate can be seen in the centre of this Uckfield News file photograph.

Wealden Council is recommending approval of a planning application for 90 homes in Eastbourne Road, Uckfield.

The outline application includes up to 35% affordable housing, structural planting and landscaping, informal public open space and children’s play area, surface water flood mitigation and vehicular access from Eastbourne Road.

An application for the same development submitted in May 2016 was refused on the grounds of the impact on the integrity of the Ashdown Forest because of concerns linked to nitrogen deposition as a result of additional traffic generated and the lack of suitable mitigation.

Objectives

But a recommendation to members of Wealden’s planning committee north which meets on Thursday, April 1, says this application accords with the three objectives of sustainable development, economic, social and environmental.

A report to the committee says: “The development would bring economic benefits, delivering and supporting jobs on and off site during the construction period.

“The economic benefits would also include spin-off benefits to other businesses in the area and supporting those local services within the locality.

Much-needed

“The proposals would help deliver much-needed housing including affordable housing to meet housing requirements in the district and locally-needed affordable homes thereby meeting the social role.

The report continues saying the development “will relate satisfactorily to surrounding built-form”.

It was considered that reserved matters and conditions would ensure a “locally distinctive environment” and it was not considered that the development would have “an unacceptable impact on highway safety” or that the likely residual cumulative impact of development would be “severe” and therefore there were no reasons in transport terms to justify refusal.

Concerns

A report to the committee says concerns about impacts on existing infrastructure and services are not considered to weigh against the proposal because the proposed 65% market housing would be liable to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy which would provide revenue to assist in providing additional services for the area.

Conditions recommended along with approval of the planning application include the installation of a yellow box junction at Bell Lane/High Street.

Ten acres

The site in Eastbourne Road covers about ten acres of land over two fields to the south east of Uckfield.

The access from Eastbourne Road would be via a T junction about 65 metres west of the roundabout serving Teelings Drive and the Fernley Park estate.

See the report on planning application WD/2020/0410/MAO, which is before members of planning committee north, on the Wealden Council website.

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