Land behind the hedge on the left of this picture, opposite Fernley Park, has been put forward as the site for 100 homes.

Proposals for 100 new homes in Eastbourne Road, Uckfield

Proposals to build 100 new homes in Eastbourne Road, Uckfield, are before Wealden District Council.

The site earmarked is agricultural land opposite Fernley Park, behind Ridgewood Industrial Park.

Developers have asked for a screening opinion on whether an environmental impact assessment would need to be included with a planning application.

They indicate plans to seek outline planning permission for up to 100 homes, including 35% affordable, and the introduction of structural planting and landscaping, informal public open space and children’s play area, surface water flood mitigation and vehicular access from Buttons Lane, Eastbourne Road.

Gladman Developments, writing from an address in Cheshire, say it is their opinion that the development is “not of the type likely to have significant environmental effects”.

They say site comprises of two agricultural fields extending to about ten acres and it could be brought forward for development quickly as no major infrastructure is required to facilitate it.

The developers argue against the need for an environmental impact assessment saying the land does not fall in the category of being a sensitive area. The development would be similar in nature to the surrounding housing and would not have any complex, hazardous or significant environmental effects.

They say development would not have a detrimental impact on the Grade II Cysleys Farmhouse located to the east because of existing intervening trees and hedgerows.

They say the land is nearly three kilometres from the Buxted Park Site of Special Scientific Interest and so the proposals are not expected to have an impact on this designation.

And they add that it is about 7.2 km south of the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area and it is not expected that the proposed development would lead to adverse effects there.

Their letter to Wealden concludes: “The site is not considered to be sensitive, and a review of the site and location indicates that the chances of significant effects arising on this site itself are minimal.

“Receptors including nearby residents, water and air environments and ecological receptors are either not affected by, or can be protected from, adverse effects using standard and commonly employed mitigation techniques.”

Read the letter and see a site plan on the Wealden Council website.

• This land is not included for development in Wealden’s Core Strategy and has not recently been considered for housing but planning history, shown with the application for a screening opinion, indicates plans for residential development for Ridgewood Industrial Park/Lane adjacent to Wellhouse, Eastbourne Road, were refused on October 11, 1967.

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