Plans to build six homes in the ground of Moorings, High Street, Buxted, have been refused by Wealden councillors.
Officers had recommended approval of the planning application which included demolition of a garage and outbuildings and alterations to the access.
Members of Planning Committee North who met on Thursday, December 17, said the latest proposal followed refusal of another planning application which was dismissed at appeal.
They said the scheme did not fully address the reason for refusal, and appeal decision.
Minutes of the meeting say:
“The quantum, design, and layout of the proposed development, even in a reduced form, would significantly erode the existing transitional quality of the site, and it would fail to reflect the established character of the location which is predominantly arranged as frontage development whereby residential buildings face on to roads, behind well-sized front garden areas.
“Moreover, by virtue of this being tandem development to the rear of existing residential properties, and which requires the creation of a long access road, there would be unacceptable harm through noise and disturbance and loss of privacy to the residential amenities that adjoining neighbours could reasonably expect to enjoy.”
Read more in the minutes of the meeting here.
From an Uckfield News story on May 20, 2020: A previous proposal for eight homes on the site was refused at appeal in July last year. The new application – for seven homes but amended to six by the time of the council meeting on December 17, 2020 – is said to take into account the appeal inspector’s criticisms by:
- Responding to the character and architectural language of Buxted Village
- Maintaining the building line on High Street
- Reducing the density of the proposed development to ensure greater separation between properties and from the boundary
- Screening the access road from neighbouring properties.
- See a previous Uckfield News story about the inspector’s comments when the other application was refused: Planning inspector refuses permission for eight new homes in Buxted High Street.
A statement with the planning application says: “A well considered, less dense development, which descends through the site with a sensitive approach to the architecture of Buxted, would provide a wholly appropriate development for the locality.”
Proposals show access running between Moorings and one of the proposed new homes, passing two semi-detached homes on one side and a detached home on the other, to three detached homes at the bottom.
Five of the houses would have four bedrooms, and the two semi-detached homes would have three bedrooms.
Details of the planning application (number WD/2020/0748/F), and images depicting the new development, can be found on the Wealden website after accepting terms and conditions.