Uckfield Town Council plans committee members are concerned about proposals to demolish three homes and build 14 new ones on the St Michael’s Convent site in Uckfield.
They resolved on Monday not to support the planning application. The final decision on whether to approve rests with Wealden District Council.
Town councillors said the application was an oppressive building mass to a scale which would have an overbearing impact on the location.
They said the gated access could cause traffic problems and no access or egress should be allowed off Old Timbers Lane as this could cause disputes with existing rights of way users.
Other concerns included excessive widening of Old Timbers Lane which could result in the loss of character of the lane and the loss of an ancient hedgerow if a pedestrian footpath is installed and loss of privacy for surrounding and adjacent properties.
Councillors also queried ownership of the lane and who had responsibility for the maintenance of the surface.
The three homes earmarked for demolition are St Michael’s Lodge, Glastonbury and St Gregory’s. The 14 new homes would include six, five-bedroom detached houses, three four-bedroom detached houses, three two-bedroom terraced houses and two three-bedroom terraced houses.
Uckfield News.com reported on the latest proposal for the site last Friday. See: Latest proposal for St Michael’s Convent site in Uckfield.