Council recommends approval of new home on Manor Park

Wealden Council is recommending approval of a planning application to build a new home on land next to 30 Sycamore Court, on Manor Park Estate, Uckfield.

An identical proposal for a three-bedroom, two storey property was refused, and dismissed on appeal on October 1, 2019.

Land on the corner of Sycamore Court and Downsview Crescent where a three-bedroom home could be built.

This was because of the impact upon the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation.

But, Wealden says, these issues can now be addressed by mitigation measures within a planning agreement.

A recommendation in a report to the councils planning committee, north, which meets on Thursday, May 14, says: “It would now seem highly inconsistent to introduce new grounds for refusal.”


The design, mass, scale and materials are described as appropriate and sympathetic in relation to the existing property and surrounding neighbourhood.

“The proposal makes efficient use of the land within the site, and conserves the amenities of the area including the character of the adjoining properties and the urban location, including the character and appearance of the existing estate.”

Uckfield Town Council objected strongly to the application saying parking problems would be exacerbated.


They said the infilling would be to the detriment of the character and open plan nature of the estate and there were concerns about traffic dangers, and the safety of pedestrians on the corner.

The matter was referred to Wealden’s planning committee because Cllr Paul Sparks, from Uckfield, declined to allow the exercise of officer powers to issue the decision.


He said the application represented overdevelopment of the site with the proposed vehicle access on a “very busy and dangerous stretch of road”.

And he said: “Manor Park is an open planned estate which has retained green spaces and mature trees. Therefore, I believe this additional dwelling is not in character and also has unacceptable vehicle access.”

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