Plans for a new estate at Harlands Farm have resurfaced for the first time since 2013, and fewer homes are now planned for the site.
Outline planning permission was given for 146 homes in October 2008 but a Reserved Matters Planning Application submitted to Wealden Council last month is for 119 homes, 36 of them ‘affordable’.
The 13-and-a-half acre site is south of Uckfield Hospital and east of Harlands Primary School sports field. It is currently open grassland used by local residents to walk their dogs, and as an informal green space.
A statement with the planning application says there has been close engagement with Wealden Council officers as the design of the development has evolved.
In addition to the reduction in number of homes other changes include more extensive open space, landscaping and green infrastructure within the scheme, more sensitively accommodated parking within the scheme and the achievement of residential internal and external space standards.
The site, which would be accessed from a single point off Mallard Drive, includes residential development areas, formal and informal public open space, children’s play area, drainage features, hard and soft landscaping, and utilities positions (including retained pipeline to the hospital and a proposed pumping station).
The planning statement says the Reserved Matters Planning Application provides an important opportunity to provide an “appropriately designed housing scheme within a permitted site to meet Wealden District’s housing requirements, and contributes towards the substantial local housing need, including the affordable housing requirements of the district.
“The design process … has been rigorous and carefully considered to create a high-quality design solution that respects the nearby architecture whilst not seeking to slavishly imitate it.”
The statement says the scheme responds to the surrounding built form and “creates an aesthetically pleasing and thoughtfully designed residential development”.
The planning application number is WD/2013/0415/MRM and can be seen on Wealden Council’s website after clicking to accept copyright conditions.
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