Pledge on development of 1,000 homes at Uckfield

Master planners have pledged widepspread consultation with Uckfield people as they begin to map out the details of the 1,000 new homes to be built at Ridgewood Farm.

The company tasked with the project by developer Welbeck Homes will hold an exhibition/event on Friday, February 28, and the following day, Saturday, March 1, and will be meeting many local groups and people.

A few details of how the site might look have emerged, has learned.

Planning permission

The application for outline planning permission could come in July but that date is by no means fixed.

A large area of Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGS) is earmarked for a corner of the site near the A22/Lewes Road. An area would be next to Boothland Wood and the site would have circular walks.

SANGS are needed to try and deflect greater numbers of people visiting the protected Ashdown Forest.

1,000 homes

The 1,000 homes, identified as part of Wealden District Council’s core strategy planning, will be built over many years.

The master planners, John Thompson and Partners, is an award-winning business which has developed a number of major plans in the south east including one at Ashford, Kent.

Partner Charles Campion said they first wanted to “understand Uckfield” and engage with people. Only then would it create proposals.


He promised there would be many channels of communication for local people to use, including the exhibition, a dedicated website, meetings with groups and individuals.

As the process went on, there would be feedback to people to ensure townspeople were up-to-date.

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