First published in July 2020 and updated as new information emerges and planning decisions made.
Downlands Farm, Ridgewood, Mallard Drive, Coopers Green, Ringles Cross, Eastbourne Road, Blackboys, Buxted … all targets for new housing. And the list keeps growing.
It feels as if Uckfield and its immediate environs are in the eye of a storm as new, major schemes keep coming to light.
The latest involves land at Coopers Green Road, Ringles Cross, where a planning application has been submitted for a 64-room nursing home. See here.
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Schemes which have approval
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.
Outline permission has been given for 205 new homes at East Hoathly.
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.
Maresfield Straight Half Mile
Outline planning permission has been granted for up to 25 homes on a green field site on the outskirts of Maresfield. See our report here.
Planning permission is being sought for the following schemes
Horstedpond Farm, Ridgewood
A screening opinion is being sought on a 450 new homes plan for Horstedpond Farm at Ridgewood. See here
A developer has requested a scoping opinion on proposals for up to 500 new homes at Downlands Farm, Uckfield. 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.
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.
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.
Nineteen acres of land in Buxted is being advertised for sale as having the potential to accommodate a development of between 150 and 200 homes. Read more 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.
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.
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, updated for August 11, 2020 and again on October 21, 2020.