Planners share initial views on Ridgewood House new homes proposals

A development of 49 houses on land at Ridgewood House in Lewes Road, Uckfield, “would not be significantly out of context with its existing environment”, according to Wealden Council.

Developers had requested a screening opinion from the council on their proposals.

Their documents mentioned both 56 homes and 49 for the site but Wealden’s comments relate to 49 homes.

The entrance from Lewes Road to Ridgewood House.

The district council says the proposed residential development would have no significant impact upon relevant natural resources, and any waste, pollution, or hazard associated with it could be effectively controlled by conditions.

“The council is satisfied that the development of this site will not cause any significant loss of valuable agricultural land.

“With appropriate safeguards, and site specific measures being agreed, the scheme has potential not to materially impact upon any area of flood protection, and is unlikely to compromise or undermine any acknowledged asset of natural, ecological heritage, or landscape value within the site’s vicinity.

A Google Earth images shows the location of Ridgewood House off Lewes Road, Uckfield. Forty-nine homes could be built in its grounds.

“The issue of impact upon cultural heritage will be a key factor in the planning assessment, but at this stage the issue is significant, but localised, not demanding an environmental statement in itself.

“Initial evidence within the masterplan (version 7) suggests potential scope to mitigate harm to the setting of listed buildings nearby.”

The request for a screening opinion said there would be a mix of individual blocks of housing, and detached, and semi-detached dwellings, with groups of buildings blending into the parkland setting.

Read more about the proposals in this previous Uckfield News story: Fifty-six more homes could be built at Ridgewood.

All documents relating to the screening opinion, number WD/2020/6504/SO, can be seen on the Wealden website after accepting copyright conditions.

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