Update on September 16, 2020: This application was refused by Wealden Council but the applicant has appealed against the decision.
Uckfield News original story on December 20, 2019: Plans have been submitted to build four semi-detached homes on “redundant commercial land” on the Squires Farm Industrial Estate, at Palehouse Common.
A design and access statement before Wealden Council says the site lies outside Ashdown Forest 7km zone and it has a well-established wide access road with good visibility in both directions where it meets the B2192.
The whole site has an existing commercial use and the plan is for a proposed new use of four residential dwellings to the north at the end of a road through the industrial estate. Five homes have already been built in the same area after a planning application submitted in 2015 was approved.
Currently the site is a large area of hardstanding surrounded by mature trees and mixed hedgerows. In the Google Earth image above it is being used for car parking, just to the left of a field enclosed by hedgerow.
The plan is to reduce the hardstanding and protect, maintain and replant, where required, the entire site boundary.
To separate the site from the industrial estate there would be a two metre high rendered blockwork wall and 1.8metre high close boarded fence with a 3.5 metre wide automated vehicular and pedestrian gate.
Six parking spaces are proposed for the development.
See full details of proposals, and drawings, in planning application WD/2019/2450/O on the Wealden Council website.
• Two other planning applications for new homes on the industrial estate have been refused since the 2015 one was approved.
They were WD/2016/3067/O for five new homes, and WD/2019/0076/O for four new homes.