‘Infilling’ plan on Manor Park Estate, Uckfield, opposed

Building another house in Tower Ride, on Uckfield’s Manor Park Estate, would be “infilling” and unacceptable, according to the town council’s plans committee.

The plan to construct a detached two-storey  house at land adjacent to 72 Tower Ride, is being opposed by the town council, in line with its policy to try and protect the green spaces on the manor Park Estate.

Committee chairman, Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said an application for two houses on the site had previously been refused.

“I do think Tower Ride is beginning to get a bit cramped.

“Parking there is already tight.”

He said the committee had in the past voiced concerns about infilling on the estate and this, he said, was a “key example”.

The committee agreed to object to the application on the grounds of infilling, over-development and the parking problems.

Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, declared an interest in this application.

At its meeting on Tuesday (August 30) councillors agreed to support the following planning applications:

  • A retrospective application for a close-boarded wooden fence to east side of footpath adjoining London Road at 10 Nevill Road, Uckfield.
  • Conversion of a detached single garage to habitable accommodation and link to house at 45 Rocks Park Road, Uckfield. Cllr Macve declared an interest in this application.
  • Two storey and single storey front extensions at 85 Rocks Park Road, Uckfield.
  • Removal of anexisting flat-roof porch, two-storey side and single-storey rear extension at 61 Keld Avenue, Uckfield.
  • As reported on August 30, the construction of two ferric chloride dosing plant kiosks, a de-sludge MCC Kiosk, a tertiary MCC Kiosk, an alkalinity dosing plant kiosk and proposed screening mound at Uckfield Wastewater Treatment Works, Bridge Farm Road. Because of its nature, this application is decided by the county council.

 Note: Uckfield Town Council does not make decisions on planning applications. Its role is advisory as a statutory consultee. General planning decisions are made by Wealden District Council.

Members of the committee were told Wealden had approved the following applications:

  • Second planning application for first-floor extension at alterations at 95 Nevill Road, Uckfield.
  • Single-storey rear extension and new garage at 8 Kiln Close, Ridgewood.
  • Conversion of half of double garage into a spare snug/TV lounge room at Rushmore House, Eastbourne Road, Ridgewood.
  • New single-storey extension and minor alterations to existing listed building and demolition of detached garages at Henley House, 2 London Road, Uckfield.
  • A change to the planning obligation for land north of Mallard Drive, Ridgewood, relating to the amount of contributions the developer should pay towards town centre traffic improvements.

Refused: An application to convert a garage into a kitchen at 5 Meadow Views, Ridgewood, had been refused.

Manor Park appeal refused

Appeal: Wealden District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a new detached, three-bedroom home with attached garages at 30 Sycamore Court, Uckfield, has been upheld on appeal.

The site is on the corner of Sycamore Court and Downsview Crescent, opposite Manor Primary School.

Planning inspector Cullum Parker concluded the development would have a “materially harmful effect on the character and appearance of the street scene”.

Members of the town council plans committee present at Tuesday’s meeting were:

Chair: Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Vice-chair: Cllr Barry Mayhew, Independent, New Town
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North


Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town

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