The Ashdown Forest - home to the rare and vulnerable Dartford Warbler and Nightjar

Ashdown Forest rule halts Manor Park plans

Two separate plans to build houses on the Manor Park estate, Uckfield, have been refused planning permission.

In both cases, a reason for refusal is that the site lies within 15km of the forest, which is subject to special protection, writes Paul Watson.

Uckfield Town Council objected to the applications at Sycamore Court and Views Wood Path saying they were “infilling”.

The planning authority, Wealden District Council, refused the application for a new home with attached garages in the garden of 30 Sycamore Court saying it would result in an “unacceptable form of development”.

‘Open-plan estate’


It would be out of keeping with the established pattern of development on this “open-plan estate,” the council’s decision notice said.

“Such development would appear cramped and it would have an unduly dominant and overbearing impact on the street scene in this prominent corner location to the detriment of the character and appearance of the area,” Wealden council said.

Site of Special Scientific Interest


The council said in a second reason for refusal that the site was within 15km of the Ashdown Forest which is a Special Protection Area (SPA) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The refusal notice states: “The development proposal, both alone and in combination with other plans and proposals, would have an adverse effect on the integrity of the SAC and SSSI, through the intensification of nitrogen deposition in the protected area by additional traffic generated.

“There are no suitable proposals to mitigate this adverse effect.”

Adverse effect on Ashdown Forest


The application for 11 Views Wood Path was for a three-bedroom, two-storey detached home with associated works to be built in a side garden of the existing property.

Wealden District Council refused planning permission solely on the grounds that the development would have an adverse effect on the Ashdown Forest, using similar wording.


Larger-scale developments are providing “mitigation” to help prevent damage to the forest by the provision of green areas away from the forest to attract people.

The 1,000 homes plan for Ridgewood Farm is planning to put a “country park” on land at Little Horsted.

Wealden Council ready to proceed with SANGS

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