Plans have been submitted to build a new house attached to 52 Browns Lane, Uckfield.
Number 52 would have a new door at the front of the house instead of the side and the number of bedrooms would be reduced from three to two.
The new house would have two bedrooms.
The owner of number 53 has objected to the plans saying their home would become an end of terrace, instead of semi-detached, and that would have a “detrimental effect” on the market value of their property, representing “an unacceptable material loss of capital”.
Planning permission was given in October 2019 for a two-storey side extension at number 52 and the neighbour says, in a letter to Wealden Council, that they didn’t object to that, having been assured that a side extension would not be altered into the provision of a second dwelling.
The letter says: “Whilst we did not object to an extension this is a complete change of proposal with a vastly altered impact, against which the previous application has no relevance.”
The neighbour also says the land behind number 52 is a steep slope and neither of the properties would have usable outside space to the rear once the site was separated.
Parking for number 52 would place it right up against the boundary with their property, blocking the view from their front window and impacting on privacy within their own living space.
The neighbour says parking for the new dwelling would have an entrance point on the corner entering a small crescent requiring cars to enter or exit directly onto Browns Lane, a hazard for other residents entering the crescent and to traffic on Browns Lane.
In addition parking for the new dwelling would obstruct the view to traffic entering Browns Lane from the crescent.
The neighbour says: “Continued over development and fill-in housing on Manor Park impinges upon the intended open-plan nature of the garden estate.”
His letter concludes: “Uckfield Town Council and the Manor Park Residents’ Asociation are opposed to infilling within the Manor Park estate. The idea in itself being contrary to the design ethos.
“Under the Ashdown Forest 7km rule such building would have been prohibited entirely. The lifting of this rule does not make it appropriate.”
Full details, and drawings, of planning application WD/2019/2691/F can be seen on the Wealden Council website here. You will have to sign a copyright declaration to get to them.