Plans have been submitted to build a new lay-by on Uckfield by-pass which will replace an existing one when an access is built to the 1,000 home Ridgewood Farm development.
The lay-by will be 60m long, with a 1.5m wide footway, on the north bound carriageway about 230m north-west of the Little Horsted roundabout.
The site is just under an acre in size and is currently a grass verge between the A22 and Owlsbury Park – Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space – which was approved as part of the Ridgewood Farm Masterplan.
The existing lay-by, further north along the A22, is due to be removed to accommodate a new access road, ‘Junction 1’, and roundabout leading to the Ridgewood Farm development site.
Detailed plans for the roundabout and access road have not yet been submitted because the first two phases of development, for 250 homes and associated car parking, will be accessed from two points on Lewes Road.
Documents submitted, on behalf of Welbeck Strategic Land, with the lay-by planning application say the intention initially was to locate it within the boundary of the application site.
Heavy goods vehicles
A letter from chartered surveyors Montagu Evans says: “However, on reflection is is not considered appropriate to situate a lay-by within a primarily residential area as it will encourage heavy goods vehicles and other large vehicles to move throughout the site.
“It also has the potential to cause harm to residential amenity and impact on the safety of residents/users of the approved development.”
The letter says the new location is considered to be better for resting vehicles, including HGVs along the busy by-pass.
It adds: “The construction of the new lay-by proposes the retention of a 3m grass verge and requires a small encroachment into the adjacent SANGS land, which was permitted as part of the Ridgewood Farm development scheme, to facilitate the building of a supporting earth embankment.”
The letter says the SANGS land is now owned by East Sussex County Council and it is understood that the earthworks bund will be constructed later this year by Wealden District Council’s Estates Team.
Both lay-by and earthworks embankment, supporting the lay-by, are expected to be adopted by East Sussex Council.