Four new homes on a site at New Barn Lane, Ridgewood, Uckfield, would be an over-development, Wealden planners are being told.
Uckfield Town Council is objecting to a plan for four homes (four-bed) with garages and car parking at land next to 40 New Barn Lane.
The town’s plans committee heard its chairman, Cllr James Anderson, Trust Indepdendent, Uckfield North, say he was not happy about the plan.
It was within the 7km special protecton zone of the Ashdown Forest and 1,000 homes were planned for Ridgewood Farm.
“We have to look at Ridgewood as a whole and we have to consider the infrastructure,” he said.
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, Uckfield New Town, said they could not recommend refusal of the plan on the grounds of 1,000 homes being built nearby.
“We can say it is an over-development. Two were turned down there in 2012,” he said.
The committee resolved to object on the grounds of over-development and said the Ashdown Forest zone should be taken into consideration.
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, declared an interest in this planning application and took no part in the discussion or vote.
Two neighbours have also lodged objections.
Councillors welcomed a number of plans brought by local businesses to expand or improve their premises.
Members of the planning committee agreed to support the following applications:
- Conversion of half of double garage into a spare snug/TV lounge room at Rushmore House, Eastbourne Road, Ridgewood, Uckfield.
- Retrospective application for a child’s playhouse with swing in the rear garden of 3 Snatts Road, Uckfield. The structure has an internal raised platform and is within 2m of the boundary. It has been in place for two years.
- Car park extension at Trifast House, Bellbrook Business Park, Uckfield.
- Refit of Vision Express at 27 High Street, Uckfield, including air conditioning to serve all areas of the store with condensers fixed to external flat roof at the rear of the building.
- Demolition of existing detached garage and construction of one/two storey side/rear extension at 35 Rocks Park Road, Uckfield. Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, declared an interest in this item and took no part in the discussion or vote.
- Change of use from B1 (business ) to B2 (general industrial), The Copwood Centre, Bell Lane, Uckfield.
Note: Uckfield Town Council is a statutory consultee on all planning applications within the town. Decisions are made by Wealden District Council.
Planning permissions granted
Wealden District Council has approved the following planning applications, it was reported:
- Rear conservatory at 27 Sand Ridge, Ridgewood, Uckfield.
- Rear ground and lower ground floor addition, including balcony deck at 4 Highlands Avenue, Ridgewood, Uckfield.
- Retrospective application to relocate side door and rear window at 6 Mallard Drive, Ridgewood, Uckfield.
- Rear single-storey extension featuring a new kitchen/dining space.
- Demolition of existing garage and reconfiguration to form double car port attached to house at 230 High Street, Uckfield.
- First-floor side, single and two-storey rear extension at 38 Forge Rise, Uckfield.
- Extension to rear of Specsavers at 100 High Street, Uckfield, with associated internal and external alterations.
- Change of use from former Chinese restaurant to financial and professional services on the ground floor at 200-206 High Street with other alterations to form accommodation.
- Fascia sign at 28 Bell Lane, Bellbrook Business Park, Uckfield.
Wealden has given planning permission for an addition to Pax, London Road, Ringles Cross, Uckfield.
The town council plans committee did not support the application for Pax and asked Wealden District Council to obtain a report to investigate rain water run off /flooding issues which it is believed would be exacerbated by this development.
“This was demonstrated in the flooding of Nevill Green in the recent flash floods,” the committee resolved at its meeting on June 27.
In reply Wealden District Council said: “Flooding in Nevill Green could not be exacerbated by this proposal, as the application site has a much lower ground level; furthermore, it forms part of a larger open site which would be able to accommodate the run off from an extension. This is a matter for the Building Regulations.”
Boundary fence realignment
Permission has also been granted for the re-alignment of boundary fence at 16 Roman Way, Uckfield.
The town council plans committee also did not support this application, saying “that the material of the boundary fence would impact harshly on the street scene in comparison to the soft landscaping there is at present”.
In reply, Wealden District Council told the plans committee: “When you walk around the estate you will see that close boarded fencing is plentiful on many household boundaries and many of the properties have 2m high fencing up to the boundary with the footpath.
“We have received no objections from neighbouring properties in and around the site who would be most affected if this proposal were to go ahead.”
Members of the town council plans committee present at Monday’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
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