Details of the 100+ homes planned for land north of Mallard Drive, Uckfield, have been revealed.
Developers, Miller Homes (Southern) and Heron Land Development said their vision was to create a new “integrated and sustainable neighbourhood set within an attractive environment that responds to the local character and landscape setting”.
They add: “Our development will beneficially contribute to the existing community by improving public transport, provide additional retail and community facilities, new opportunities for sports and leisure and a new primary school.”
This means that the development will contribute to the provision of these facilities through a legal agreement, known as a Section 106.
Sometimes known as a “roof tax”, it represents money paid by developers which is used to improve facilities.
The work on measures to alleviate traffic chaos in Uckfield town centre is coming from such agreements.
The Mallard Drive developers also said: “We want the new development at Mallard Drive, Uckfield, to enhance and provide quality built urban environment that offers a sense of place and identity to those living within the development and the community at large.”
The northern boundary of the site is Uckfield Hospital and the plan envisages an emergency access and a footpath from the new estate on to the hospital approach road, near to the ambulance station, and on to Framfield Road.
The developers describe the 13-acre site as “poor grassland”. About nine acres will be used to build 113 homes.
The estate will also have a central public open space, a play area, a balancing wetland pond and an ecological buffer to ancient woodland. The original plan was for 146 homes. See story here.