Coopers Green and Five Ash Down residents are coming together to fight plans for 39 new houses and apartments – and space for 92 cars – in their community.
Leaflets have been distributed to ensure all households know about the plan and have the chance to air their views.
The land earmarked for development is to the west of Coopers Green Road – the developers call it Five Ash Down Road – at Coopers Green. It is on the left hand side, just before the traffic lights, as you approach from Uckfield.
Algy Williams, who lives in Coopers Green, says if the land is developed it will remove the only green buffer between Uckfield and Five Ash Down.
He says residents are worried about road safety because three people have already died in accidents on Coopers Green Road.
It is feared another estimated 89 vehicle movements joining the road from the new development, and 90 entering it, will add to the danger.
Mr Williams said that a traffic survey, undertaken on behalf of the developers at the beginning of the Coronavirus lockdown, gave a misleading picture of its usage.
And the report showed the average speed going round a “dangerous” bend, near the proposed access, was 46mph … even in a recently introduced 40mph zone.
In addition there were fears that flooding in Coopers Green Road would be made worse if the field was developed.
Further worries included the effect of the development on wildlife, and the number of houses, and apartments, proposed in the rural area. Other properties were set well back from the road and the new estate would not be in keeping with its surroundings.
Mr Williams said residents would be engaging a planning consultant to help them argue their case before Wealden Council, which will make a decision on the application.
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Read more about the proposals in a previous Uckfield News story: 39 new homes planned for outskirts of Uckfield at Coopers Green.