Appeal submitted against refusal of Browns Lane home plan

Update on Thursday, September 17, 2020: An appeal has been submitted against refusal of planning permission for a new house to be built in the grounds of 52 Browns Lane, Uckfield.

Planning application WD/2019/2691/F was refused by Wealden Council and the appeal is reported to  planning committee, north, which meets today. (Thursday, September 17).

Stinging criticism of Browns Lane home plan

Uckfield News original story on February 6, 2020: A “strong” objection to a plan to build a new house in the grounds of 52 Browns Lane, Uckfield, is being lodged by the town council.

The plan is for the site on the right of this photograph

The plans committee signalled its disapproval to the scheme, which has also upset some near neighbours, when it met this week.

The objection will be sent to Wealden District Council which will determine the application.

The new property would be attached to No 52 where the number of bedrooms would be reduced from three to two.

The new house would have two bedrooms.


If the plan goes through, it means No 53 Browns Lane will go from a semi-detached property to an end-of-terrace property.

Details of the application were given in this story

At the committee meeting, after two neighbours spoke against the plan, Cllr Chris Macve said the council had always been against infilling on the Manor Park Estate.

He said the infilling detracted from the original design concept and the appearance of the estate.

‘One of the worst’

“I think this particular application is one of the worst layouts we have come across, not the worst but one of the worst.

“It means the vehicle access is out on to Browns Lane itself which is a very busy road.

“A lot of vehicles do travel up and down there at a very considerable speed,” he said.


“It is potentially extremely dangerous.”

He said changing a pair of semis to a terrace of three was detrimental to the style of the adjoining properties.

“I think we should strongly object to it,” he said.

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