A higher proportion of bigger houses is now being proposed for the 1,000 homes development to the west of Uckfield.
Wealden District Council is consulting on modifications to the Strategic Sites Local Plan.
The proposal still suggests 35 per cent of the new development will be “affordable” (subject to viability) – something the town council has pushed hard for.
The affordable* dwellings should provide for a mix of dwelling types of around 18% 1-bedroom dwellings, 42% 2-bedroom dwellings, 30% 3-bedroom dwellings, 9% 4-bedroom dwellings and 1% 5-bedroom dwellings.
The major changes come in the “market housing” – for general sale. The new proposals are:
- One and two bedrooms – 20 per cent – previously 30 per cent
- Three bed – 40 per cent – previously 52 per cent
- Four bed – 30 per cent – previously 15 per cent
- Five bed – 10 per cent – previously 3 per cent.
The council document said the development should include a range of densities across the site to achieve a comprehensive neighbourhood area, but achieve on average around 30 dwellings per hectare (previously 25) or around 147 habitable rooms per hectare (previously 114).
The exact mix of homes will be subject to negotiation, the council said. “However, any variation in the proportion of dwelling types should seek to meet the agreed future demographic need of the local area.
A Wealden District Council commentary states: “The town is characterised by a high proportion of families with children (30% compared to a district wide proportion of approximately 20%). Older person householders make up just 22% of households in Uckfield, compared to a district-wide figure of 34%.
“Overall the average household size in Uckfield is higher than in the other main towns within Wealden (2.5 persons per household) and is higher than the Wealden average which is 2.3 persons per household.”
Before Christmas, UckfieldNews.com reported on the difficulties in identifying suitable green areas to offset the effect of the development on the protected Ashdown Forest. Report here
*Government definition of “affordable” here (external link)