Update: It was agreed that the boundaries of the Uckfield Neighbourhood Plan area should remain as for the town boundary.
Planners representing two housebuilders are seeking to get the boundaries of the Uckfield Neighbourhood Plan area extended.
Land east of Uckfield and south of the railway line and River Uck should be included, according to a representative for Martin Grant Homes and Taylor Wimpey UK.
Although not stated in the letter from planning company, Turley, the land in question is on part of Bird in Eye Hill, which is in the parish of Framfield.
This area had previously been identified as a possible housing site but was ruled out, particularly because of the access into Uckfield along Framfield Road.
Rachel Lamb, of Turley, wrote to Wealden District Council on behalf of the two developers objecting to the suggested boundaries.
She understood the Wealden Core Strategy would be reviewed from 2015.
She wrote: “This process will include a review of housing numbers for the plan period which will in-turn establish whether additional site are required for housing purposes.
“Given this imminent review and the potential for a variety of outcomes in terms of housing needs for the District, it would be advisable for the Neighbourhood Plan boundary to cover a wider area to ensure that it can effectively respond to any changes within the core policy documents for the district.
“Incorporating flexibility within the Neighbourhood Plan at this early stage will ensure that the settlement can respond to any future changes in need.”
Uckfield Neighbourhood Plan is in its early stages.See story here.
One part of the process is to define the boundaries.
A proposal that the plan cover just the town itself was put out for consultation by Wealden District Council. It received just one reply – the one on behalf of the housebuilders.
Land at Bird in Eye Hill has been in the eyes of developers for some years.
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