Plans to build 20 new homes in Maresfield refused

Update: This planning application was refused on April 7, 2016

Our original story from January 25, 2016: A planning application has been submitted to build 20 new homes in Maresfield.

They will be built on land adjoining Mill Cottage, to the north of London Road, and next to Bonners Primary School, if the proposal is approved by Wealden District Council, writes Cathy Watson.


Seven of the 20 homes would be affordable, two would be one-bedroom maisonettes, and five would be two-bedroom houses.

There would also be four two-bedroom houses, seven three bedroom houses (one with a garage), and two four-bedroom houses.

A total 36 parking spaces would be provided and an estate road would run through the site and lead directly onto London Road.

Public green space

The plans, submitted by Asprey Homes Southern, say there would be “a wide expanse of public green space, sitting between the houses active frontages and a strip of woodland”.

The homes are described as being energy efficient and space for allotments with associated parking is proposed.

Neighbourhood Plan

Planning documents say the application has been prepared following promotion of the site through the Neighbourhood Plan process and subsequent meetings with the parish council/neighbourhood steering group.

They say: “Maresfield’s development boundary was removed in the Local Plan so the location of the site, per se, is no longer a consideration.

Bonners School

“The parish council acknowledge that the site adjoins the built up area and is adjacent to Bonners School and the row of school cottages at the western end and a single property at the eastern end.

“It was also noted with regards to landscape character that the surrounding properties are mixed so no conflict is foreseen.”

The documents say the parish council has confirmed by email that the site has been recommended for inclusion in the Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan stating that “it scores highly against all the criteria and meets the needs and wishes of villages for smaller scale development with a strong mix of different types of houses”.

Ashdown Forest

The documents also say that Wealden will not now be able to refuse a planning application for development in Maresfield on biodiversity grounds providing financial contributions are secured in respect of SANGS/SAMMS, where appropriate, and providing all other planning issues are satisfactory.

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