A play area at Sandpits, Ridgewood, Uckfield

Fears over putting Sandpits, Uckfield, open spaces management in hands of private company

Open space on the Sandpits housing developement at Ridgewood, Uckfield, could be overseen by a private management company in future, if Wealden District Council agrees.

The land would be transferred to the Eversfield (Uckfield) Management Company Ltd which will would have the responsibility for maintaining the open spaces.

Owners of homes on the site are under an obligation to pay the management company costs in maintaining the open space.

Housebuilders Persimmon has applied for planning permission to vary an agreement made in December 2006 for the development at Sandpits, off Lewes Road.

Entrance to the Sandpits estate at Ridgewood, Uckfield

Entrance to the Sandpits estate at Ridgewood, Uckfield

The open space land includes a pond.

Monday night’s (June 27) meeting of Uckfield Town Council plans committee agreed to recommend refusal of the company’s application.

Committee chairman, Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, explained the management of the land would be the private company’s job and would not fall to the local authorities as was envisaged in the original agreement.

Sand Ridge road sign

Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town, said people were painfully aware in other parts of Uckfield where public spaces were privately owned, giving the Manor Park Estate as an example.

He said it caused ambiguities.

Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said: “There is no guarantee that a month after this transfer to the management company that they will not go bust. If the management company folds, who picks it up?”

He added he was also concerned about the adoption of the roads and paths on the estate by the highways authority.

Cllr Anderson separately asked that the county council be contacted for an update on the adoption of the roads and paths on the estate.

Other decisions by plans committee

The committee decided to support the following applications:

  • First-floor side, single and two-storey rear extension at 38 Forge Rise, Uckfield;
  • Bay window extension and alterations at 11 Wares Field, Ridgewood;
  • Extension to the rear of Specsavers at 100 High Street, Uckfield, with associated internal and external alterations; and updated corporate signage;
  • Rear ground floor extension at 36 Farriers Way, Uckfield;
  • Conservatory to the rear of 27 Sand Ridge, Ridgewood;
  • Part demolition of existing garage and reconfiguration to form double car port attached to house at 230 High Street, Uckfield;
  • To display signage at the front of the building at 28 Bell Lane, Bellbrook Business Park, Uckfield, and canvas banner to be hung on to the perimeter fence.

The committee agreed it would not support the following applications:

  • Addition to Pax, London Road, Ringles Cross, Uckfield. Members were told of recent flooding in nearby Nevill Green during heavy storms, caused by rainwater run-off, and wanted investigations to take place;
  • Realignment of boundary fence at 16 Roman Way, Uckfield.

Members agreed to object to the conversion of existing retail unit [Levick Jorgensen] to provide two three-bed houses and redevelopment of the workshop and store to the fear of the site to provide a four-bedroom house at 57 Framfield Road, Uckfield [earlier story here];

Decisions on planning applications are made by Wealden District Council (the town council is a statutory consultee).

The town council was told the following plans had been approved by the district council:

  • Single storey rear extension at 43, The Dene, Uckfield;
  • Retrospective planning c onsent for previously approved garage with additional roof window and relocated entrance gates and wall at 102A Tower Ride, Uckfield;
  • Single Storey rear extension at 6 Tyhurst Place, Uckfield;
  • New warehouse for Kennedy Hygiene Products at the Bellbrook Business Park [earlier story here];
  • A ground floor side extension, new dormer window to side elevation, internal alteration and replacement of existing garage at “St Austins”, Hempstead Road, Uckfield. The plans committee had previously noted that the name shown on the property is Aubins;
  • New house at Quarry Site, Snatts Road, Uckfield.

Wealden District Council has refused the following applications:

  • Minor amendment to application WD/2010.0036/FE (new house and parking on rear garden areas) at 104-106 Framfield Road, Uckfield;
  • First floor addition, amendment to planning application WD/2015/0956 at 5 Keld Avenue, Uckfield.

Members of the town council plans committee present at the meeting were:

Chair: Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North

Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North


Vice-chair: Cllr Barry Mayhew, Liberal Democrat, New Town

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