Latest plan for Ridgewood site is for single-storey homes

Plans for four detached homes on land west of Ridgewood Manor Lodge in Uckfield have been amended to single, rather than two-storey buildings.

A reserved matters planning application before Wealden Council says that planning permission for the four homes was deferred in September last year so that the design could be amended.

An outline application had previously been approved but in September it was considered the scale, bulk, and massing were out of keeping, causing a loss of amenity to neighbouring properties in New Barn Lane.

The long and narrow strip of land where four new homes could be built is off Lewes Road, south of homes in New Barn Lane.

Restricted

Members of planning committee north said the development should be restricted to single-storey bungalow units only.

The committee is due to consider the reserved matters application on Thursday (January 16), and the plans show the suggested changes have been incorporated.

A report to the committee next week says says the redevelopment of the site with four properties “would inevitably have a greater impact on adjoining residents”. However this was not a reason for refusal.

Impacts

The report says: “The issue is whether those impacts are unreasonable in terms of, for example, the overbearing nature of the properties, loss of light or overlooking.”

The report concludes: “The separation distance afforded to, and orientation with, neighbouring properties, and the amended scale being single storey dwellings, is sufficient to ensure that whilst views of the new dwellings will be afforded, the relationship with neighbouring properties is considered acceptable for modern developments, and will not cause demonstrable harm to their amenities by virtue of loss of privacy or light.”

The site is opposite Highlands Avenue and The Highlands Inn, on the west side of Lewes Road.

Long and narrow

It is a long and narrow piece of land and the access road is parallel with the length of the site continuing west to the former Ridgewood Manor Nursing Home.

To the south of the access road lies the Sand Ridge site and to the north are neighbouring houses in New Barn Lane.

Other neighbouring dwellings, Ridgewood Manor Lodge, and a bungalow nearing completion lie to the east and front Lewes Road.

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