Fifty-six more homes could be built at Ridgewood

Proposals for 56 more homes to be built in Ridgewood are before Wealden Council.

A screening opinion is being sought for the development within the grounds of Ridgewood House, off Lewes Road.

The site is opposite Ridgewood Farm where work has begun on the first phase of building 1,000 homes.

Ridgewood House is off Lewes Road opposite land where 1,000 homes are being built.

Confusingly a covering letter requisition the screening opinion for the development of Ridgewood House land first mentions 56 homes and then talks about “49 dwellings in total”.

A master plan showing how the development could be laid out also shows 49 homes.

The letter says there would be a mix of “individual blocks of housing, and detached, and semi-detached dwellings”.

It adds: “The design ethos for the theme is to create groups of buildings that blend into the parkland setting, with sweeping driveways that create new vistas, as one moves through the development.

“Existing features and historic analysis of the site will inform the design of the scheme, with surviving features from the past being retained and providing the setting for the proposed development.

“Landscape features will frame groups of houses, to create the next chapter in the evolution of Ridgewood House, and grounds.”

The site, which is about 14 acres in size, is off Lewes Road, south of New Road, and east of Ridgewood Recreation Ground. There is farmland, and Horstedpond Farm to the south.

Across Lewes Road, plans have been approved for 1,000 homes to be built on Ridgewood Farm.

The planning application is number WD/2020/6504/SO and can be seen on the Wealden website after accepting copyright conditions.

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