Construction of 1,000 new homes on the former Ridgewood Farm is being opposed at every turn by Uckfield Town Council.
Members of the council’s plans committee accept that planning permission has been granted for the development by higher authorities but are determined to challenge the builders when they seek approval for details of the schemes.
The latest scheme to face an objection is the planned roundabouts. One is on the A22 – the by-pass itself – and the other a short distance into the new development, which will act as a distributor for the estate’s streets.
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Town councillors decided to oppose the latest plan because they object to the scheme as a whole.
They took a similar view over the proposed development at Harlands Farm, off Mallard Drive, which already has outline planning permission.
Cllr Chris Macve said the town couldn’t support the number of extra properties being built in Uckfield.
“We have objected to all of these applications and yet Wealden [District Council] approve them.
“They have pressure on them from national government to provide housing. “They have to provide it.”
Cllr Macve floated the idea that the council objects to the plan on the same basis that it did for Mallard Drive.
“The infrastructure in general is inadequate in the town.
“This [the application] is to provide the start of the provision for the new roundabout and road on to the site. It is exactly the same argument as we had on Mallard Drive.
“The town cannot support the extra housing, It has no infrastructure.”
Town mayor, Cllr Spike Mayhew, said there was yet to be agreement for traffic calming in Lewes Road, Ridgewood, where the first phase of housebuilding was taking place.
“We have all objected to this.
“I think again we have to object as we have done on Mallard Drive.
“We will get it [the new houses] but at least we will have had our say.”
He said that on Monday (September 30) there were massive delays on the A22.
“That was just cutting back the vegetation.
“What is it going to be like when they start putting in the roundabout?
“We should stick to our stance of the last five years and object,” he said.
Committee members agreed to object to the latest plans.