Mallard Drive homes planning permission challenged

The lawfulness of giving planning permission for 119 new homes at Mallard Drive, Uckfield, has been challenged.

It is claimed Wealden District Council – the planning authority – failed to consult properly.

The site, off Mallard Drive, Ridgewood, extends to the boundary of  Uckfield Community Hospital.

Grassland with uckfield hospital in the background

A view of Uckfield Community Hospital from the land to be developed for 119 homes off Mallard Drive, Harlands Estate, Uckfield

On November 14, Wealden District Council’s planning committee north approved a reserved matters planning application for the site, despite strong local protests. Report here

Now, Uckfield Town Council has been told the grant of planning permission is being challenged on behalf of the community hospital.

Cllr Chris Macve told the meeting of the letter and asked the council to investigate the concerns raised and the way in which the planning applications were considered.

Cllr Karen Bedwell said there will still an “awful lot of questions still unanswered” before the development goes ahead.

Uckfield town councillor Karen Bedwell

Cllr Karen Bedwell

“We have concerns,” Cllr Bedwell told the meeting.

“We need Wealden to clarify as to how the reserved matters have managed to extend from there years to six years [before a final decision was made] without any further consultation.

“It is just not right.”

The letter on behalf of the community hospital calls into question the way the consultation was carried out and how Wealden councillors made the decision to grant planning permission without mentioning the healthcare provided at the hospital.

It says it was potentially an “unlawful vote” which “should be retaken”.

There appears to be, the letter says, no record of consultation with the hospital when the outline planning permission was granted in 2006 and then again in 2012.

Standard procedures

It also says the only correspondence with the hospital was addressed to an organisation which was disbanded in 2011.

Standard procedures for planning permission appear not to have been applied to this building development, the letter says, and the hospital, patients and residents have the right to question the justification behind it.

Town councillors agreed to ask the town clerk to investigate the matter.

See also:

More housebuilding on the cards after Local Plan rejection

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