Update on May 22, 2020: Uckfield Town Council has objected to plans for a new house in the garden of 6 Downsview Crescent, Uckfield, next to Lime Tree Avenue.
The council says it would be overdevelopment of the site and would conflict with the open plan garden design and layout of the Manor Park Estate.
It also has “serious concerns” about highway access, safety and congestion because two parking spaces would be in close proximity to the junction with Uckfield Community College, Downsview Crescent and Southview Drive.
“The two vehicles would have to drive across moving pedestrians and vehicles travelling into the school/leisure centre entrance, and already marked zig zag safety area in Downsview Crescent.
“At school opening and closing times, large coaches and buses, along with traffic to Manor Primary School and Uckfield Community College cause a great amount of congestion in this road.
“Additional traffic in this location would exacerbate existing issues.
“Lime Tree Avenue is also a well-used public right of way for school pupils walking to school and back, and new vehicular movements would pose a risk to their safety.”
The town council adds there would be loss of amenity with regard to the ancient tree line of Lime Tree Avenue and it is concerned about tree roots being damaged or affected by construction.
Two previous applications
From an Uckfield News story on May 15, 2020: Two previous applications to build on the land were withdrawn in 2010 and 2011. Both of them were for two new homes.
This latest application is for a detached three-bedroom house with a one metre gap between it and number 6, which is a semi-detached property, and with two off-street parking spaces on a driveway at the front.
A design and access statement submitted to Wealden Council with the planning application says Wealden has a considerable shortfall in housing land supply and because of that the council would have to demonstrate adverse impacts that “significantly and demonstrably” outweigh the benefits to justify refusal.
“The dwelling can be comfortably accommodated on the application site without detriment to the amenity of the surrounding area, and providing adequate accommodation and outside space for a family.”
The statement says no trees would be removed to accommodate the development, the whole of the house would be outside root protection areas, and measures would be taken during construction to protect the trees.
It says the house would be in-keeping with surrounding properties in terms of size, massing and appearance.
The statement concludes: “The proposal is in accordance with local and national planning policies and should be approved.”
Full details of the planning application, number WD/2020/0732/F can be seen on the Wealden Council website, after terms and copyright conditions are accepted.
• Plans were approved yesterday by Wealden Council for a new attached home to be built in the garden of 30 Sycamore Court, not far from this site in Downsview Crescent. See: Green spaces have already gone from Manor Park, says district councillor.
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