Two plans for “infill’ development on the Manor Park Estate, Uckfield, are being opposed by the town council.
Its plans committee looked at two separate applications last night (December 14) and agreed to object to both, writes Paul Watson.
The applications will be determined by Wealden District Council.
Manor Park Estate planning applications
They are for a new two-storey three-bedroom detached house and associated works at 11 Views Wood Path, and a new home with attached garages on land adjacent to Sycamore Court.
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North, who chaired the meeting, said it was regrettable that so much infilling had been allowed on the estate.
“The estate won style and layout awards when it was built but it has been transformed dramatically by all this infilling,” he said.
He said such building was contrary to the original design concept of the estate, which was open plan.
The fencing of gardens had made matters worse.
Ashdown Forest 7km rule
The 7km Ashdown Forest rule, which froze development in Uckfield, halted the infilling on Manor Park.
Cllr Macve said he was opposed to the 7km rule but admitted one benefit was the block on infilling on the estate.
The 7km rule has now been lifted and a different sets of rules apply to development within 15km on the Forest.
Councillors agreed to object to the Views Wood Path plan on the grounds of over-development, saying it was out-of-keeping with neighbouring properties, an increase in traffic and associated parking problems. They said they objected in principle to infilling.
Similar arguments will be put forward in the ojection to the Sycamore Court plan.
In addition the council said it was a “large property on a small plot” and that traffic issues would be worse because the site was virtually opposite Manor Primary School.
Manor Park and Hemsptead Fields Residents’ Association
*There have been many concerns raised in recent years over infilling on the Manor Park Estate.
When town councillors came up with a list of ideas of how Uckfield could be improved one was the need to protect the open nature of the Manor Park estate which would mean no further infilling by developers.