New Uckfield housing: Here’s the ‘hit list’

Downlands Farm, Ridgewood, Mallard Drive, Coopers Green, Eastbourne Road, Blackboys . . . all targets for new housing. And the list keeps growing.

The entrance to Rigewood House, Lewes Road, where a plan for homes has passed the first hurdle.

It feels as if Uckfield and its immediate environs are in the eye of a storm as new, major schemes keep coming to light.

Now a 450 new homes plan for Horstedpond Farm at Ridgewood has emerged. See here

This website is following major housing development projects in the town and surrounds

We  have our own housebuilding ‘tracker’ and this is what it shows. Please let us know if we have missed any by emailing

Schemes which have approval

Ridgewood Farm

The 1,000 homes scheme for Ridgewood Farm has had planning permission since March 2016 and was earmarked for development in a Local Plan. Building of the opening phase of 250 homes is well under way having receiving detailed permission in September 2017.

East Hoathly

Outline permission has been given for 205 new homes at East Hoathly.

Report here

Harlands Farm Estate, Uckfield

Full permission has been given to a scheme for 119 homes off Mallard Drive on the Harlands Farm Estate. The site stretches as far as the town’s community hospital. It received outline planning permission in March 2011 with the details receiving approval last year with further “reserved matters’ getting the green light subsequently.

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Planning permission is being sought for the following schemes

Downlands Farm

Proposals for 550 new homes at Downlands Farm, Uckfield, are before Wealden Council. More details here.

Five Ash Down

Developers have proposed building 39 homes on a field to the west of Coopers Green Road, on the outskirts of Uckfield.

Report here Residents are banding together to fight the scheme

No decision has been made on this plan.

There is also a proposal to build three homes in a ‘backland’ development at Five Ash Down.

See here

Eastbourne Road, Ridgewood

Ninety new homes could be built off Eastbourne Road, Ridgewood, virtually opposite to the Fernley Park development. The outline plan is being considered by the planning authority, Wealden District Council. More information here.


Seven homes could be built in the grounds of Moorings, in Buxted High Street, if plans are approved.

No decision has been made on this plan.

Ridgewood House, off Lewes Road

Proposals for 49 homes within the grounds of Ridgewood House, off Lewes Road, emerged in May with the request for a screening opinion. See our report here

Wealden District Council has concluded that under the Town and Country Planning regulations the site is an “urban development project” and would not give rise to “significant environmental effects”.

In giving the screening opinion the council notes the intention that the proposed scheme will be submitted as a fully detailed application.


A 20-acre site south of Framfield Road, Blackboys, is the subject of a planning application for 80 homes. No decision has been made on this plan.


Twelve acres of land south of Framfield at Old Nursery House, The Street, are the subject of an outline planning application for 88 new homes.

See our report here from last year. The application has still to be determined.

Why so many planning applications?

The failure of Wealden District Council’s Local Plan is a major factor in the planning applications coming forward. The district had hoped to limit housing development under the Plan.

However, the government-appointed inspector said the council had placed too much emphasis on protecting the environment and needed to build more houses in Wealden which neighbouring councils cannot accommodate.

The Plan which failed envisaged 950 new properties a year with a kick-up at the end of the Plan period. The planning inspector indicated Wealden needed to have 1,231 new dwellings a year.

Wealden must build more houses, says planning inspector

Another factor is that Wealden does not have a five-year supply of housing land.

Here is our story from earlier this year which explains why this deficiency matters.

Why Wealden has problems with housing land supply.

Related stories

In early March this website warned that major new housing estate plans were looming. You can read our report here

Wealden District Council has asked landowners to flag potential development sites so that it can be considered as the new Local Plan is formulated.

• This story was first published on July 23, 2020, and updated for August 11, 2020.

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