Proposals for three homes in backland development at Five Ash Down

Three homes could be built on land behind Lynton in Five Ash Down if plans before Wealden Council are approved.

The red outline on this Google Earth map shows Lynton in Five Ash Down and the extent of land behind the property.

A statement with the planning application says pre-application discussions were held with Wealden and it was recommended the scheme be reduced from four homes to the current three.

Lynton is a chalet bungalow and the proposal is to build on about half-an-acre of irregularly shaped land behind the bungalow, between it and the A26 road.

Access would run to the right of Lynton, as you look at the property from the main road through Five Ash Down.

Small

The site was considered in a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment carried out by Wealden back in 2009 but considered too small for six dwellings and not assessed further.

A planning, design and access statement says that proposals for a single dwelling in a similar backland location – off Millwood Lane – were approved in 2018.

And, it says the council has deemed Five Ash Down to be a sustainable location for a portion of growth.

Worse

The statement says: “Since then, the council is in a materially worse position due to the demise of its Submission Local Plan.”

It says it would be inconsistent for the council not to approve the Lynton proposal.

And the statement concludes: “Essentially, every policy that restricts development should be afforded less weight in the planning balance as the need for housing, and the weight afforded to delivering it, assumes greater prominence in the overall balancing exercise.

Crisis

“The council’s housing crisis shows no sign of abating. The available evidence indicates that the housing shortage is substantial, and the council are reliant upon approving planning applications to achieve a five-year housing land supply.

“As present there is not alternative plan-led mechanism. This makes the need to provide additional housing in the district more pressing still, and should provoke the council into attaching very substantial weight in favour of the housing which the application would deliver.

“The proposed development should therefore be approved subject to appropriate conditions.”

More detail is contained in the the planning application, number WD/2020/1316/O, which can be seen on the Wealden Council website.

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