Planning appeal over proposals for 88 homes in Framfield

The site where 88 new homes could be built in Framfield is on the bottom right of this Google Earth image.

A planning appeal has been submitted because Wealden Council has failed to make a decision on whether to approve an application to build 88 homes in Framfield.

An appeal statement says proposals for Old Nursery House, The Street, were submitted in October 2019, and a time extension for determination, agreed with the council until January 31, 2020, had expired.

Documents in a file, dated January 29, 2021, about the appeal can be found on the Wealden website under the number WD/2019/2149/MAO.


The proposal for Old Nursery House, The Street, was described after submission by Framfield Parish Council as ‘hostile’, and not in conformity with district council policies on future growth.

The appeal statement concedes that the scheme conflicts with development plan policies but says those that are most important for determining the application are out of date.

It says the scheme would deliver a range of benefits including “much-needed market housing against a significant and serious shortfall with no strategy to remedy it”.


Other benefits are said to be affordable housing, a locally equipped area of play, economic benefits associated with development, and environmental benefits of delivering net biodiversity gain at site level.

The statement says: “The appellant will advance that the adverse impacts of allowing the appeal, namely limited landscape impacts and conflicts with a limited number of development plan policies would not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits when assessed against the policies in the Framework as a whole and, accordingly, the appeal should be allowed.”

There’s more about the planning application in another Uckfield News story from November 2019: Plans for 88 new homes in Framfield described as ‘hostile’.

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