Plans have been submitted to demolish a house in Regency Close Uckfield and build nine homes on its half acre site.
A statement with the planning application for White Gates says the land, at the end of a cul-de-sac, is predominantly flat with well defined boundaries and is “surprisingly low density for its local context”.
To the north is Brewery Place a development of one and two bedroom flats, to the west and south are garage blocks, and to the east is tree planting within the adjacent Conservation Area.
The statement says pre-application feedback from Wealden Council indicates the site is within the Uckfield development boundary and the principle of new residential development would be acceptable.
The developers say they have considered a number of ways of developing the site, including flats and housing.
They rejected a scheme for 18 flats because, coupled with 24 parking spaces, they thought there would be too much hard standing and it would feel cramped.
They say the site is capable of accommodating nine homes, in a mix of styles and tenures, together with open space incorporating key existing trees.
The propose a development in the form of a courtyard, focussed on a green set around an existing mature tree in the north east corner of the site.
There would be a terrace of three, three-bedroom, townhouses; a pair of two-bedroom dormer cottages, a pair of one-bedroom cottages, a double-fronted detached Georgian four-bedroom family house, and a two-bedroom flat over garages, which would be built in the form of a stable block.
Each property would have a private garden, and there would be 20 car parking spaces – including two visitor spaces – and 18 secure cycle parking spaces.
The statement says: “Although this application is outline, the proposed scheme will seek to deliver a sustainable development in its broad sense.
“The design has sought to include a range of sustainability principles in terms of layout, natural resources, and minimising environmental impacts.
“The scheme seeks to deliver a range of enhancements with respect to issues such as the quality of surface water runoff, the ecological and recreational value of the site.”
More information about the planning application, number WD/2020/1054, can be found on the Wealden Council website.