Gleeson Strategic Land have published a website carrying information about its proposals for development at Downlands Farm, Uckfield.
The developers say surveys are being undertaken to inform a design approach towards delivering “a new, highly sustainable development, that will comprise much needed new homes, including affordable housing, as well as significant new areas of landscaping, open space and Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (Sangs).”
They compare their new proposals for “up to 500 homes” with a scheme in 2008 for 750 homes which was thrown out by a Government planning inspector, after the developers appealed refusal of planning permission by Wealden Council.
It is interesting to note that 500 homes is mentioned when a request for a screening opinion before Wealden Council was for up to 550 homes.
Gleeson say their vision is to:
- Focus development on areas that area the least sensitive in landscape, ecology, and arboricultural terms.
- Create a lower density more sensitively designed scheme.
- Provide Sangs of about 60 acres, 22 acres more than previously proposed.
- Provide new woodland walks, sports pitches and informal open space within and around development parcels.
- Provide simplified access directly onto the A22 with non-vehicular links onto Snatts Road for cycle and pedestrian usage and a new pedestrian and cycleway along the A22 and B2102.
- Provide a “sensitive response” to Ancient Woodland bordering the site and main ecological features within and adjoining it, with the objective of delivering a minimum landscape buffer of 15m between built development and Ancient Woodland areas.
- Ensure arboricultural, ecological and landscape features at the site are preserved and wherever possible enhanced for future generations.
The developers say once their survey and design work has progressed further they will consult with the community to seek views on the emerging proposals.
This could be done via an online platform, because of current difficulties of holding physical meetings, with a leaflet sent to nearby residents and the town council to provide details of it and the proposals.
Read more about the latest Downlands Farm proposals: