Management company to run new Mallard Drive play area

An open space and play area on a new housing estate planned off Mallard Drive will be run by a private management company.

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. File photograph

Uckfield Town Council has declined to take responsibility for the land and will not add the area to its eight-strong portfolio of play areas within the town.

Councillors were told play areas had ongoing costs from vandalism and repairs and eventually needed upgrading.

Luxford Field

The council’s flagship Luxford Field play area cost £150,000 to renew.

It was re-opened last year; see our report here.

The 119 new houses off Mallard Drive are to be built by Persimmon Homes and the company is legally required to offer open spaces to the town council with money for ongoing maintenance.

Service charge

The town council has previously declined the offer to adopt the open spaces within the developments of Fernley Park and Ridgewood Place.

House owners pay a freehold service charge in such cases.

More on Freeholders’ estate and service charges [external link]

New street names

Six new street names will be needed for this development and it looks as if they will named after birds, as on Harlands which some people call “the birdie estate”.

The developer has agreed to:

  • Shelduck Avenue
  • Teal Close,
  • Moorhen Place, 
  • Gadwall Gardens, 
  • Wigeon Way,
  • Teal Lane

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