Housing: You have been warned, says Observer

Comment by Observer

You may have thought that the development of 1,000 homes at Ridgewood Farm, Uckfield, would satisfy the needs for housing in the town for many years to come.

Developers have talked about building – subject to demand – at around 100 homes annually.

But the demand for housebuilding land in the South East remains insatiable and Wealden District Council is asking landowners to tell them of any areas they would like considering for future development.

It’s the start of a very long process with the district following planning law requirements to find out what might be available for housing and commercial development.

That is not to say that everything put forward will get the “green light”. Far from it.

However, there is a feeling that for some reason the Ridgewood Farm project “slipped under the radar” of most residents and was virtually a done deal before people woke up to the enormity of what is planned.

Some argue that many in Uckfield took the view “out of sight, out of mind”, while others seemed not to know, for whatever reasons, about the plans.

Well, you have been warned that the whole process is again in its infancy.

Keep looking out for details of what is going on and – as I said a couple of weeks – take part in the consultations.

Let’s not sleepwalk into another huge development.

Hunt on for more housing land in Uckfield and across Wealden

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