Plans have been submitted for 88 new homes to be built in Framfield.
They would be on nearly 12 acres of land to the south of the village at Old Nursery House, The Street.
The site is currently an open paddock used for grazing horses and a residential building with outbuildings, stables and a manege.
Access is along an unmade track off the B2120 to the north-east of the site.
The proposal is for a range of housing types, sizes and tenures. Thirty-five per cent would be affordable, in line with Wealden Council’s planning policy requirements.
A document submitted with the planning application says while dwelling mix is not for determination at this outline stage the following mix is indicated: two two-bedroom homes, 25 three-bedroom homes, and 30 four-bedroom homes.
Affordable homes include six two bedroom flats, 14 two-bedroom houses, 11 three bedroom houses.
Framfield is not identified in the Wealden District Core Strategy Local Plan for housing growth but the planning document says there is a “significant shortfall” in housing land supply in the district that is “serious, substantial and urgent.“
It says: “The proposed development would deliver up to 88 market and affordable dwellings.
“Having regard to the demonstrable failure of the council to identify the required five-year supply of deliverable housing sites, the provision of much-needed market and affordable housing, in particular at a settlement that has seen little or no growth for some time, represents a signifiant public benefit to which substantial weight should be afforded.”
The document says an illustrative layout has been submitted demonstrating how a varied mix of dwelling types and sizes can be accommodated on the site that achieves a high quality standard of design sensitive to the amenities of neighbouring properties.
Submitted parameter plans confirm the residential areas, densities, heights and the provision for green infrastructure.
Scale, layout, appearance and landscape are all reserved for the purposes of the outline planning application however a design and access statement sets out the design approach where a combination of landscape open spaces and streets of varying character would together comprise “a high quality public realm and setting for the development”.
The document concludes that while the proposed development would conflict with the council’s development plan the policies which are most important for determining the application are “out-of-date either to a lack of consistency with the Framework, or due to the council’s demonstrable failure to identify the required five-year supply of deliverable housing sites”.
It says the public benefits of the proposed development include the social benefits of the provision of market housing and affordable housing in circumstances where there is a “severe local and national shortage against assessed needs”.
The document says there are also economic and employment benefits, and environmental benefits.
There is more information with the planning application, number WD/2019/2149/MAO, which can be seen on the Wealden Council website.