The Ridgewood Rise site where a 75 bed care home could be built.

Ridgewood Rise, Uckfield, care home plans meet opposition

Revised plans for a care home at Ridgewood Rise, Ridgewood, Uckfield, are meeting objections.

Adjoining neighbours are writing to the planning authority, Wealden District Council, in protest.

Uckfield Town Council plans committee has also said it doesn’t think the plans are suitable for the site, while supporting the use of the land as a care facility.

At a meeting on Monday (March 14), the committee resolved to object to the plan on the following grounds:

  • The relocation of the building in the amended plan introduces issues with regard to neighbouring properties being overlooked/overshadowed. 

They also said the application should be subject to the following conditions:

  • Heavy good vehicles can only travel to and from the site during the hours of 9am and 6pm.
  • That no demolition activity causing noise disturbance be carried out after 7pm.
  • Developers contribute to the improvement and maintenance of Highview Lane, as this is in a poor condition.

Demolished in 2009

The 75-bed home will be built over two and three storeys at the end of the unadopted Highview Lane and will replace a smaller care home which was demolished in 2009.

Details of the current application were given in this story published last month

The current proposals have brought forward a flurry of objections from nearby residents and follows similar disagreements over a separate care home scheme in the centre of the town, which has now won planning approval.

Dominate the surrounding area

One resident wrote in objection to the Ridgewood Rise plan: “The scale of the proposed development will totally dominate the surrounding area; is completely out of keeping with the existing properties in Highview Lane and Castle Rise.

“Highview Lane is a single lane and has no places for vehicles to pass. Vehicles meeting each other in the lane would result in one driver having to reverse back to either the entrance to the lane or the care home.

Totally unacceptable

“The only other and more likely alternative is that the drivers pull on to the driveways of the Highview Lane residents. This is totally unacceptable.

The resident also said: “The report claims that most of the 35 to 40 day staff will walk to work. This claim is ludicrous as there absolutely nothing to substantiate this.

“If people are employed from outside of Ridgewood, they will need to travel to work.

Inadequate parking

“If there is inadequate parking available, they will park as close as possible which will result in cars parking on the Pipers Field estate, an estate that already suffers from a lack of on-road parking spaces.

“The entrance to Highview Lane will become choked with parked cars obscuring the exit and it will make the junction on the Pipers Field extremely hazardous.”

Bird’s-eye view of my garden

Another Highview Lane resident said: “I will lose all my privacy as the residents and staff will have a bird’s-eye view of my garden.”

The proposed development also backs on to Castle Rise where residents are similarly concerned.

One wrote: “The proposed building would only be one metre away from existing houses, bearing in mind how tall it would be.

‘Vast size and height’

“The proposed property with windows and balconies looking directly into gardens would be outrageous.”

Another wrote: The vast size and height of the proposed home will tower over all surrounding properties which are all residential and it is totally out of keeping with the area.”

Note: Decisions on planning applications are made by Wealden District Council. Uckfield Town Council must be consulted by Wealden on all applications within the town.

More plans committee decisions

Other decisions by Uckfield Town Council plans committee on Monday (March 14).

The committee supported the following applications:

  • Three sets of internally illuminated fascia text – to replace existing; one externally illuminated sign to replace existing and one non-illuminated sign, to replace existing at 77 High Street, (Pizza Express) Uckfield.
  • Conversion of garage into habitable space, first-floor extension above garage and the addition of a porch and wc at 2 Wares Road, Ridgewood, Uckfield.
  • Two storey flank/rear extension and part single-storey infill to the rear at 3 Downlands Farm Cottages, Snatts Road, Uckfield.
  • The committee was told an application to extend a warehouse/business unit at 16 Horsted Square, Bellbrook Business Park within the existing overhang had been approved by Wealden District Council. The town council had supported the application.

The town council is objecting to:

  • An application for retrospective planning consent for previously approved garage with additional roof window and relocated entrance gates and wall at 102a Tower Ride, Uckfield.

The committee also recommended the district council should enforce the original planning permission.

Members of the plans committee attending the meeting were

Chair: Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Vice-chair: Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North

Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Barry Mayhew, Liberal Democrat, New Town

See also:

Mallard Drive ‘roof tax’ cut accepted

Land scams warning from Wealden District Council

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