Framfield Parish Council has described a planning application for 88 new homes in the village as ‘hostile’.
The council says the proposal for land at Old Nursery House, The Street, is not in any conformity with the local planning authority’s policies on future growth and should be treated as such by Wealden District Council.
The council’s comments have been published along with other representations about the application on the Wealden website.
The council says the emerging Wealden Local Plan describes Framfield as an unsustainable settlement which should only have up to 20 dwellings for the duration of the plan, up to 2028. Previous policies within the Wealden Core Strategy advocated none.
“The village only has a school, church, and pub – with no retail amenities or even the ability to buy a pint of milk, so with the lack of a regular bus service – with only financial support from the parish council to keep the Saturday service running at all – residents are reliant on the car.
“Cycling to Uckfield for shopping let alone bringing it back is unrealistic nonsense.”
The council said the site was submitted in the early stages of the Wealden Local Plan and deemed unsuitable.
The conclusion was: “This is a substantial site in the context of the existing size of the village in an area of attractive landscape with some sensitivity to change.
“The site is isolated and remote from local services and facilities. Housing development would be unsuitable in this location and out of keeping with the generally rural character and appearance of the countryside.”
The council adds that the footprint of the proposed site is about 50% of the core area of Framfield – an “unacceptable” increase in such a rural landscape.
It says a suggestion within the proposals that future occupants could use the twittens into Beckets Way to access the village is not practical or ideal, and would not help integrate those people into the village – “suddenly having the occupants of 88 houses using barely viable pathways and with certainly no access for the infirm or disabled. As for the reference to cycle links – where are they?”
The council also says that the access would not meet any safety tests. It says 88 homes would have a single access onto a 90 degree blind bend.
There’s more about the planning application in this Uckfield News story: Plans for 88 new homes in Framfield
See full feedback from Framfield Parish Council, from other consultees and representations from neighbours, on the Wealden website.
The planning application number is WD/2019/2149.