Detailed policies which will shape the way Uckfield looks for years to come are in the pipeline.
They will be drawn up as part of a Wealden District Council-wide plan.
Townspeople will be consulted later in 2014 making it the third time this year residents will have been asked for views on planning policy.
Developers of the 1,000 homes at Ridgewood Farm begin a consultation of how the site should be shaped with an exhibition and “event” at the Civic Centre on February 28 and the following day, March 1. See story here and here
At the same time Uckfield Town Council is leading a community group which will work up a Neighbourhood Plan. See story here
Now Wealden District Council has unveiled details of a major project, the scope of which includes:
- the area allocated to shops;
- supporting employment growth;
- reviewing the town’s development boundary – should it be bigger or smaller?
- reviewing the conservation area, which is in the historic core of the town based on Church Street;
- looking at the roads and services.
On shopping, the review will consider whether the town centre should contract or expand. This is an area where the town centre steering group has been developing a “master plan” for future development.
The conservation area was last appraised in 1999 and the review will consider its boundaries and even whether conservation area status should be removed.
Wealden District Council will “watch and shadow” the Neighbourhood Plan process.
Townspeople will get an idea of what is being planned in September when the “issues and options” are put forward for consultation.
The whole process is expected to last until the middle of 2016.