Plans for 170 new homes in Maresfield look set for refusal

Plans to build 170 homes on land south of Maresfield Recreation Ground look set to be refused today.

Wealden Council’s planning committee north, which meets this morning, is recommended to refuse the proposal as “an unacceptable and unjustified form on development which lies in open countryside outside the development boundary for Maresfield”.

The planning application is to build a mix of two, three, four, five and six-bedroom homes involving the demolition of one home, creating a site access, provision of public open space, allotment gardens and an eco-centre for site maintenance and management.

But a report to the planning committee describes the site as being poorly located relative to services, employment and choice of sustainable transport modes.

It says: “The scale of the proposed development exceeds the needs and the sustainability attributes of Maresfield and the proposal does not increase either the sustainability or accessibility of the village.”

The Highways Agency opposed the plans as did the Environment Agency and Maresfield Parish Council and there were 38 letters of objection from villagers while one letter supported the proposal.

Read more by following a link to a report contained in the agenda for today's meeting.

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