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Latest planning decisions made by Uckfield Town Council plans committee.

The committee at its last meeting agreed to support the following applications:

  • Creation of parking in the rear yard of 204-206 High Street, Uckfield.
  • Additional car parking space at 43 Viewswood Path, Uckfield
  • Single storey extension at 19 Eagle Close, Uckfield.
  • Demolition of rear porch and extend rear single-storey flat roof extension to form larger sitting room and wet room at 59 Browns Lane, Uckfield. Cllr Chris Macve declared an interest and took no part in the debate or decision.
  • Single-storey rear extension and side garage extension at 18 Lime Close, Uckfield.

As reported earlier, the plans committee is objecting to a proposal to demolish 22 Keld Drive and replace with 4 to 7 homes. Cllr Macve declared an interest and took part in the discussion or decision.

Deadlines for comments on applications sometimes means that the town council plans committee has to discuss informally its view on proposals with the chairman giving the definitive answer to Wealden.

Under the scheme, the council has agreed to support the following applications:

  • Side extension for a new porch at 13 Mount Pleasant, Uckfield. This has subsequently been approved by Wealden, see below.
  • Demolition of former public lavatories at the Luxford Car Park, Uckfield. See earlier story here.

The council objected to the demolition of an existing garage and construction of a two-bedroom home at 50 New Barn Lane, Ridgewood, Uckfield.

The objection was based on the plan being in out-of-keeping with the area, a lack of parking, drainage issues in the area and the over-development of the cul-de-sac and the site.

It has also objected to an extension and conversion of an existing detached garage to form a single dwelling at 71 Framfield Road, Uckfield on the grounds of over-development, loss of parking, over-looking and over-shadowing neighbours and within the 15km sphere of influence of the Ashdown Forest.

The town council plans committee is a statutory consultee. Decisions are made by the planning authority, Wealden District Council.

The meeting was told the following applications had been approved by Wealden:

  • A retrospective application for a child’s playhouse and swing in the rear garden of 3 Snatts Road, Uckfield.
  • Single brick garage at 2 Michelham Road, Uckfield.
  • Replacement access gates at Puffins, New Place, Uckfield.
  • Demolition of existing detached garage and construction of one/two storey side/rear extension at 35 Rocks Park Road, Uckfield.
  • Side extension to provide a new porch at 13 Mount Pleasant, Uckfield.
  • Four homes with associated parking at 40 New Barn Lane, Uckfield.

The New Barn Lane application was opposed by the town council and the planning committee asked the Wealden ward councillor to the meeting to answer questions. Report here.

In its formal response, Wealden District Council told the plans committee:

“A substantially similar form of development was lodged in 2012 and rejected on a number of grounds, but this did not include scale of development.

“This is because the provision of two pairs of semi-detached dwellings would fit with the grain of development on this estate, which comprises detached and pairs of semi-detached houses.

“In regard to Ashdown Forest, the scheme would secure contributions towards SANGs and SAMMs.

“In regard to air quality issues, a small amount of headroom has become available locally in the town since a more intensive form of development is not be built out.”


Wealden has refused outline planning permission for up to 90 homes off Eastbourne Road, Uckfield.


The refusal of permission for an extension at 5 Keld Avenue, Uckfield, has been taken to appeal by the applicant.

See also:

Uckfield firefighter Ian Ritchie retires after 36 years

Car boot sale will help with fund-raising at Holy Cross School

Why many residents’ objections to planning applications fail

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