Conflicting advice on 1,000 homes means planners should vote for status quo, says Observer

Comment by Observer

The logic of how and why planning permissions are given or refused seems destined to ever remain a mystery to me.

I walk around Uckfield – and other towns and cities – and wonder just how “that” development was given permission by a planning authority (or inspectors on appeal).

Now let’s consider the outline planning application for 1,000 homes at Ridegwood.

East Sussex County Council’s highways department has concluded the town centre is unable to support the development. Read the story here

But, officers of the council (Wealden District Council) which will make the decision on whether to grant planning permission or not says the proposed 1,000 homes is sustainable. See here

With such conflicting advice, surely the planning committee must opt for the status quo and refuse the application as it stands. We shall see.

As an aside, I feel it would have been better if Uckfield Town Council’s planning committee had resolved to “object” to the plan, rather than “not to support”. The council should have taken the stronger line.

WELL DONE to the volunteers who cleared up the fly tipping in the River Uck. Let’s hope the authorities can track down the perpetrators and put them in court.

AND WELL DONE to Uckfield Community Technology College students whose behaviour was exemplary during this week’s medical emergency at the college. Townspeople are proud of you.

I SEE dates to tell the public about the next stage of the High Street roadworks are public. Joe and Joan Public are last on the list. Annoyed? You bet I am.

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