Observer laments the lack of affordable homes at Ridgewood Farm

Our independent columnist Observer considers the news that Taylor Wimpey is is bringing forward the first stage of the Ridgewood Farm 1,000 homes development.


The dam has finally burst and the green acres of Ridgewood Farm, Uckfield, are that much closer to becoming covered in houses.

It has been a fiercely argued proposition but now we have to hope that the town and community will get the best deal possible from 1,000 new homes.

Providing green parks (SANGS as they are known) is a serious cost for the builders and that is why the number of affordable homes for local people in housing need will be 15 per cent of the total.

Drop in the ocean

In this phase of 250, that will work out at fewer than 40 homes; a drop in the ocean for what is really needed.

The town council and others pushed for 35 per cent level of affordable homes at Ridgewood. That would have totalled nearly 90 homes in this segment of the development.

Arguments for the higher figure were lost at the time outline planning permission was granted.

In business

It was a sad day, but the housebuilders are in business and are not a charity.

They are paying for SANGS and contributing to more school places and, no doubt, the road improvements needed.

I guess it means that they have to build the more expensive houses to make the scheme profitable.

Quite how Uckfield, East Sussex and much of Britain solves the housing crisis is beyond me.

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