Plans have been submitted for a 64-bed nursing home to be built in Coopers Green Road, Ringles Cross.
The home would be built on land opposite The Croft and Triscombe, if a major planning application before Wealden Council is approved.
The site is described, in a design and access statement, as being half of a parcel of land identified as site 291/3255 submitted for consideration in the Wealden Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment.
It is nearly a mile north of Uckfield at Ringles Cross.
The statement says: “The site is essentially flat and level declining gently towards the north. The character of the site and its immediate surroundings to the north, south and west is edge of settlement/rural.
“No landscape features exist in the body of the site but immediately to the east are significant areas of protected (ancient) woodland.”
The statement adds: “Although the application site is beyond the current developed edge the western side of Coopers Green Road carries a continuous line of residential development connecting Uckfield/Ringles Cross to Coopers Cross.”
The statement says the proposal would have “significant” economic benefits as a new “employment generator” at a location close to Uckfield, and the dedicated accommodation would allow residents otherwise “stranded in conventional but inappropriate dwellings” to release these dwellings to the benefit of local residents.
A further shorter term economic benefit would be to support the local construction trade.
The statement says site 291/3225 in the Wealden Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment PSS Summary was identified as a site for residential development.
It continues: “An economically viable nursing home, a use which falls into the Planning Class use of C covering all forms of residential development, can be delivered on a stand-along section of 291/3225.”
The home would provide fully managed specialist care in a footprint which could deliver “modern resident accommodation at an economically viable level.
“The application site is essentially a long rectangle running east-west. The footprint, a flat ‘H’ shape, places the main entrance to the east where it faces the access and car park.”
Read more about the planning application, number WD/2019/2466/MAJ, on the Wealden website.
• A list of sites targeted for new housing in the Uckfield area can be found here: New Uckfield housing: Here’s the ‘hit list’.