Newly submitted plans to develop land on the corner of High Street and Bridge Farm Road in New Town, Uckfield, look set to be refused by Wealden Council next week.
The proposal is for one three-bedroom semi-detached house on the junction, linked to two one-bedroom flats, over a parking area for two cars.
The reason given for a recommendation of refusal, which is going to the planning committee north, is that the site lies within 7km of the Ashdown Forest Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area and “cannot effectively mitigate the potential harm generated by recreational pressure and traffic (nitrogen emissions)”.
But a report to councillors says that other than the Ashdown Forest objection the detailed scheme could work acceptably within the design constraints of the site.
It says the development of the site in this way is regarded as making effective use of vacant land.
“The detailed appearance of the scheme, incorporating a range of sustainability features, would not harm the visual amenities of the locality.
The report goes on: “Whilst there has been strong local opposition on highway grounds, the Highway Authority have found the scheme to be acceptable, both in terms of parking provision and highway safety.
“Overall it is concluded that, other than the Ashdown Forest objection, this detailed scheme could work acceptably within the acknowledged design constraints of the site.
“However, in recognition of the EU Birds and Habits Directives … it is recommended full planning permission be refused.”
The land is at the bottom of the garden of 1 Farriers Way, next door to the police station.
Plans previously submitted for the site were refused a year ago having been recommended for approval. See: Development plan for Farriers Way, Uckfield, set for approval