Plans for five new homes on greenfield site in Blackboys

Plans have been submitted to build five detached homes on land next to the recreation ground in Blackboys.


This Google map shows land, which could be developed with five detached homes, to the north west of the piece of land marked Blackboys Cricket Club. It has a green hedge boundary.

An application before Wealden Council includes access, landscaping and other associated infrastructure.

Twenty parking spaces would be provided. Two for each property within double garages and two on each driveway.

Pre-application discussions

Documents say informal pre-application discussions held with the council in January confirmed the proposal was acceptable in principle.

The land is between Highlands and the Blackboys Recreation Ground on the south side of the B2102.

It is a greenfield, generally flat, site of about one-and-a-half acres in open countryside outside any development boundary and outside the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


The land which currently serves as a paddock is described as “redundant”.

A design and access statement says the homes would be sustainably located adjacent to the core area for Blackboys, about 320 metres from the primary school and about 500 metres from the Blackboys Inn.

A church is 720 metres from the site and The Grove Farmhouse Cafe is about 1,000 metres away.

It is suggested the new homes be arranged in a “broadly circular fashion” around the site.

Three fronting highway

The statement says: “The three dwellings fronting the highway would be set back from the road at a distance of approximately 13m. This is in keeping with the surrounding residential properties with frontages on the north side of the B2102.

“Two further dwellings sit behind the dwellings adjacent to the highway to the rear of the site. This is not dissimilar to the development pattern found in between John Dann Close and School Lane.

A new access would be created on the “off-centre to the eastern side of the site”.


The statement says Blackboys is identified as an area potentially capable of accommodating a “modest additional growth” during the next plan period.

It concludes that substantial support is given to the proposal by the Government’s desire to “boost significantly the supply of housing” and this is particularly important given the current five-year housing land supply shortage in Wealden.

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