Plans have been submitted to build eight new homes in Buxted on about one-and-a-half acres of land behind Moorings in High Street.
A garage and swimming pool next to Moorings would be removed for a new access road leading downhill to a mix of three, four and five/six bedroom detached and semi-detached homes.
Part of the site lies outside the development boundary for Buxted but a document submitted with the application says that in the absence of a five-year supply of deliverable housing land in Wealden policies restricting development outside boundaries cannot be relied upon as a significant barrier to the proposal.
The design and access statement points to other cul-de-sac developments off Buxted High Street and says planning permission was recently granted for a development of 23 homes outside the development boundary in Heathfield.
The statement says: “The officer’s report highlighted the need for new homes in the district and noted that sites outside the development boundary can be considered acceptable subject to compliance with other relevant policies.”
The design and access statement submitted with the Buxted outline application says the layouts incorporate large open plan kitchen/living/dining rooms, with separate reception rooms and studies.
These spaces, with large areas of glazing, would open out to patios and rear gardens.
The statement says: “The dwellings form a unique but coherent development with a mews-like street scene incorporating shared surfacing to blur the division between vehicles and pedestrians.”
Trees on the site would be retained with houses positioned outside the root protection areas of trees and bushes on the site and neighbouring plots.
New bushes and native tree planting are included as part of a landscaping scheme.
Each house would have solar panels to provide electricity and car charging points to enable the use of electric cars across the development.
The statement concludes: “The site represents an opportunity to create eight dwellings on a sustainable and discrete location within close proximity to Buxted train station.”