Developer requests scoping opinion on Downland Farm proposals

Downlands Farm. (An Uckfield News file photograph)

Gleeson Strategic Land has requested an environmental impact scoping opinion from Wealden Council for a development of up to 500 homes, parking, infrastructure, landscaping and access at Downlands Farm, Uckfield.

The request is accompanied by a report identifying the land, describing the nature and purpose of development, and an explanation of the “likely significant effects” of the development on the environment.

The council has a statutory period of five weeks to respond to the request and give an opinion about the information that should be provided in an environmental statement accompanying a planning application.

Full details

Full details of the request, and the Gleeson scoping report, can be seen on the Wealden website here. The application number is WD/2020/6511/SCO.

The developers submitted a formal environmental impact assessment screening request in July and “after discussions on the emerging scheme and technical assessments” decided to submit an environmental statement in support of a planning application.

The site is to the north west of Uckfield and contains a mix of agricultural land and areas of ancient and semi-natural woodland. 

By-pass

It is split into two by the A22 Uckfield by-pass, the larger part (described as Site Area A) is to the east of the by-pass and a smaller area (Site Area B) to the west.

The scoping report says there are no statutory ecological or landscape designations on the site, and no historical designations either.

It says Suitable Alternative Natural Green space/recreation would be provided within Site Area A. No built development is planned for the other site.

Environmental statement

The report lists topics to be considered in the environmental statement. They include climate change and greenhouse gases, population and human health, cultural heritage, transport and access, air quality, noise and vibration, land contamination, wind microclimate, daylight, sunlight and overshadowing, agricultural land, lighting, waste, and accidents and disasters.

There’s more information in the scoping report about each of the topics. See WD/2020/6511/SCO on the Wealden website.

More Uckfield News stories about Downlands Farm development proposals can be found by following the links below:

Developers publish website about Downlands Farm proposals

Reader’s Letter: Why Downlands Farm should be saved from development

Reader’s letter: Support for Downlands Farm development

Downlands Farm homes plan: battle lines drawn

Petition aims to stop development at Downlands Farm

New Uckfield housing: Here’s the ‘hit list’

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