Preparations for next phase of Ridgewood Farm development

Permission is being sought for “early groundworks” to be undertaken on the A22 Uckfield by-pass to prepare for a new roundabout junction and access road to the Ridgewood Farm 1000 home development.

A reserved matters planning application has been submitted by Montagu Evans, on behalf of Welbeck Strategic Land, to Wealden Council spelling out the extent of the work.

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As preparations are made for a new access to the Ridgewood Farm development this aerial photograph, copyright Faith Lee, shows progress on the first phase of building.

A planning statement with the application says it would result in the creation of an area of excavation and two temporary and two permanent soil stockpiles.

Stockpiles one and two would be to the north of the site on designated employment land and be there for a temporary period of five years.

Stockpiles three and four would be either side of the roundabout which has been approved as part of an outline planning application for the site. They would be incorporated within the landscaping strategy for the entrance into the site.

Enabling works

The statement says: “In light of the minor nature of the proposed enabling works, limited details on appearance, landscaping, scale and layout (ie the reserved matters) are provided within this application.

“Full details of the reserved matters for this part of Phase 2 of the approved development will come forward in subsequent applications.”

Phases 1A and 1B, for 250 homes, of the Ridgewood Farm scheme are already being built by Taylor Wimpey homes and progress can be seen in the aerial photograph above which was taken by Faith Lee, who also owns the copyright of it.

Progress

But to progress with development of the remainder of the site the early groundworks are needed.

The statement says discussions have taken place with the council about the works to deliver the new roundabout and road and the strategy set out has been agreed in principle with officers prior to submission.

The reserved matters planning application, number WD/2019/1773/MRM can be found on the Wealden website. You will be asked to accept copyright rules and disclaimer before proceeding to the information.

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