A long list of planning benefits is given in support of the application for 1,000 homes to the south and west of Uckfield.
A statement supporting the outline planning application, under a heading “The Planning Balance” says benefits arising from the scheme include the comprehensive delivery of a high quality residential-led mixed use urban extension within the district council’s Core Strategy.
It also lists:
- · The provision of a 1,000 residential dwellings (net) which is consistent with the development priorities for this critical site and will meet the housing needs of the district;
- · Delivery of market and affordable housing, including family housing;
- · The delivery of high quality, modern and flexible employment floorspace;
- · The provision of up to 423 full-time equivalent jobs accessible to local residents;
- · Potential for the provision of a community hub;
- · Provision for a minimum of a one-form entry primary school necessary to mitigate the impact of the development;
- · Provision of land for up to a two-form entry primary school which will assist the county council’s education programme;
- · The delivery of enhanced amenity facilities, including children’s play areas;
- · The delivery of SANGS;
- · The creation of new buildings which are sustainable in energy terms;
- · The delivery of significant landscaping and public realm;
- · Provision of a net gain in biodiversity terms;
- · Improvements to permeability within and through the site for pedestrians and cyclists;
- · Ensuring the best use of the site, delivering a sustainable form of development, which gives rise to no demonstrable adverse impact on the residential amenity of existing or future residents;
- · Significant reduction to the area currently effected by odour arising from the sewage treatment works; and
- · Potential for the re-routing of existing vehicles serving the treatment works away from existing residential areas.