Strong opposition to building 67 sheltered homes at Grants Hill was voiced last night (February 22).
The application has already met a barrage of opposition from nearby residents and now Uckfield Town Council plans committee has strongly criticised the project, writes Paul Watson.
There is acceptance that the site, off Oaklea Way, is suitable for sheltered homes but the details of the plan were strong criticised.
Deputy town mayor, Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, Uckfield New Town, said the bulk and mass of the proposed development was out of character with the area.
“I think it requires a re-think and re-design.
“If this was a school report I would say, ‘must try harder’,” he said.
Committee vice-chairman, Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said it was a “gross over-development” and the overlooking of nearby properties was “totally wrong”.
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, Uckfield New Town, said the plan was “over-bearing” and the total of 36 parking spaces was nowhere near enough.
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said: “It does look as if it would be a high-quality development but it is just too dense for that site. It is not acceptable.”
The committee also heard from two nearby residents from Bemont Lane.
Norman Wood said at three-storeys the development would loom over his home with residents able to look into the bedrooms.
He had no objection to something being built on the site but said three storeys was too high.
Neighbour Chris Coates said his cottage was 3.5m below the bowls green and the development would be over-bearing.
Ward councillor, Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Uckfield Central, supported the residents’ concerns.
He also pointed out that the number of parking spaces allocated meant it was possible parking would over-spill into Oaklea Way from residents and from bowls club players.
The plans commmittee also:
Recommended refusal of a plan for 29A High Street which involves the extension and conversion of the existing building to provide three, one-bedroom apartments.
They agreed to support a single-storey side extension and porch for 21 Linden Chase, Uckfield.
Members of Uckfield Town Council plans committee present at the meeting were:
Chair: Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Vice-chair: Cllr Chris Macve, 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 Barry Mayhew, Liberal Democrat, New Town