A view from Horsted Pond Lane in Little Horsted up to the fields of Ridgewood Farm.

Disquiet over growth of Uckfield 1000 homes development site

News that land at Little Horsted could be included within the Ridgewood Farm development has worried Uckfield town councillors.

Possible use of the land was revealed in documents supporting a planning application to Wealden District Council.

UckfieldNews.com revealed here that Welbeck Strategic Land had included land “beyond the by-pass” for possible use as SANGS (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Spaces).

Welbeck is seeking official guidance from Wealden planners about what needs to be included within an Environmental Statement, which is set to form part of the eventual planning application.

The company said for the purposes of the report it proposed SANGS would be provided on land to the west of the A22 (ie: the other side of the main road. However, options for SANGS provision were still being explored.

Welbeck said planning for the new homes was an “evolving” process.

Members of Uckfield Town Council plans committee were uneasy to see land for the Ridgewood Farm development now went into Little Horsted.

Cllr Louise Eastwood, committee chairman, said the whole town council needed to be aware of the development and to keep an eye on what was happening.

She was concerned that in the future the land could be added to the development.

The committee has registered its concerns with Wealden District Council saying that any development there would further impact on Uckfield.

It is expected that Welbeck will make an outline planning application this summer for the 1,000 homes scheme.

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