Formal plan submitted for 90 homes off Eastbourne Road

A formal application for outline planning permission has been submitted to build 90 new homes off Eastbourne Road in Uckfield.

A similar planning application was rejected by Wealden Council in 2016 but proposals resurfaced this year when developers Gladman requested a screening opinion from the council.

Now details of the formal outline application can be seen on the council’s website with illustrations giving an idea of access and layout.

Ninety homes could be built to the left of the road shown in this photograph. The access would be beyond the roundabout, closer to Uckfield.

Fernley Park

The land is opposite Fernley Park on Eastbourne Road and the entrance is shown on the Uckfield side of the roundabout access to that estate.

The plan is for up to 90 homes, including up to 35% affordable, the introduction of structural planting and landscaping, informal public open space, and children’s play area, surface water flood mitigation, vehicular access point and associated ancillary works.

There would be a mix of one to five bedroom properties ranging from linked town houses, and apartments, to semi-detached and detached homes.

There would be:

14 two-bedroom homes
14 three-bedroom homes
17 three-bedroom semi-detached
20 four-bedroom detached
7 five bedroom detached
9 one-bedroom apartments
9 two-bedroom apartments

The aim would be to “generate a high quality place by creating an attractive new community set within a landscape of open space, street trees, play areas and structure planting”.

Existing boundary trees would be incorporated and there would also be hedgerow planting and efforts to improve diversity.


Parking would be available on driveways, in garages and spaces to the front or side of property, and communal parking areas serving apartments.

Proposals include improvements to the existing footway on the southern side of Eastbourne Road, enabling it to be widened to 1.8m.

There would also be improvements to the junction of New Road/Eastbourne Road to allow the existing footway to be widened to 2m along this section.

Pedestrian links

A statement submitted with the planning application says: “These improvements will provide the development with good pedestrian links to the existing infrastructure and local bus stops.”

Two-storey homes would be the standard approach with 2.5 storey homes used occasionally to reinforce an important street, to to act as a landmark building.

In general were would be smaller private frontages and larger rear gardens while larger front gardens would be used to define corners or vistas, and along semi-private drives and towards the edges.

Red bricks

The use of red bricks and red roof tiles with white windows are proposed, and the use of red hanging tiles, or black weatherboarding to upper storeys and feature elevations with occasional white render to the ground floor.

The statement says three attenuation ponds are proposed in low-lying areas of the site and a pumping station may be required which would be located close to the southern boundary, the lowest portion of the site.

An equipped play area would be included in a centrally located open space.

Full details of the planning application, number WD/2020/0410/MAO can be seen on the Wealden website after accepting copyright restrictions.

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