Reserved matters relating to development of the Ashdown Business Park at Maresfield are set for approval today.
A recommendation to Wealden Council’s planning committee north says that taken as a whole, the layout proposed takes account of the constraints of the site, preserving the most important trees and other landscape features, while meeting the needs of a modern business park.
A report to councillors says: “The design of the built form is of a high quality, utilising a modern selection of materials.”
It goes on to say the highways authority has considered the application and raised concern about the overall level of parking at the site, with specific references to a number of the individual sites.
The report goes on to say the applicant is currently considering these concerns and an update will be provided to members before the meeting.
Maresfield Parish Council has supported the plan but says realistic controls are needed to ensure that all traffic movements to and from the business park are maintained via the by-pass, and other main roads, and not directed in any way through Maresfield village.
Uckfield Town Council has also supported the plan.
The principle of development has previously been agreed and this latest application covers reserved matters.
The aim is to divide the 14.7 acre plot, next to the A22 Maresfield/Uckfield bypass into ten individual sites.
The land is part of a former Army camp and the base of old Army buildings survive there, together with a network of concrete tracks. Some Army buildings survive as part of the neighbouring fire service training centre.
See previous Uckfield News stories about the planning application which will be considered by Wealden councillors here:
The full report to the Wealden planning committee north can be found on the Wealden Council website.