Update on Tuesday, March 15: Two major planning applications for the Uckfield area were approved by Wealden District Council last week as expected.
They were for 67 sheltered housing units to be built at Grants Hill House, Oaklea Way, and up to 13 new homes to be built at the former Grampian Country Food factory site at Five Ash Down.
From an Uckfield News story published on Wednesday, March 9:
Grants Hill House
The 67 sheltered housing units at Grants Hill House would replace a sheltered housing scheme of 42 flats, over two-storeys, which are now vacant. They would be demolished if councillors approve a recommendation in a report to the planning committee, north, which meets tomorrow (Thursday, March 10).
Wealden Council’s housing services supports the proposals for 67 units saying they will make a “significant contribution to meeting the housing needs of older people in the area”.
Housing services add: “The new residents and residents from the nearby Thomas Scanlan Trust bungalows will benefit from the enhanced provision of quality communal facilities which will provide a social hub for the scheme and enhanced landscaping between the two buildings.”
The department says: “I can confirm that there is extremely high local housing need to support the proposed development, and that the site is considered to be well-related to the existing settlements, with local services and facilities in Uckfield town centre.
“There are currently 133 households in the over 55 age group registered on the housing list waiting for affordable housing in Uckfield and a further 302 applicants in the over 55 age group on the housing register in total.
“Those residents who moved out of the old building will receive priority for these homes, as will existing tenants wanting to downsize, thereby freeing up family-sized accommodation.
“There is a lack of affordable homes to buy or rent in the private sector, particularly of the supported housing type.”
A report to councillors recommending approval of the new scheme concludes: “Overall the development of this currently vacant site within the development boundary for Uckfield to provide 67 dwellings will provide an important boost towards ensuring that all sectors of the housing market are catered for and help meet the general housing demands of the district.
“The development proposed is of a high standard and complies with all relevant development plan policies and subject to the full range of conditions proposed it is recommended for approval.”
Uckfield town councillors opposed the scheme. Their views are reported in an Uckfield News story here: Grants Hill sheltered homes plan meets strong Uckfield objections
Wealden officers are recommending approval of plans for 13 more homes at the entrance to the already developed housing estate off the A26 on the former Grampian factory site at Five Ash Down.
The land currently has permission for employment use but a report to the planning committee, north, says that use of the site for residential would reduce the number of associated vehicle trips from the site.
It also says the site access has good visibility and the proposed use of the site for the quantum of residential development “would not have an adverse impact upon highway safety”.
The officer’s report concludes: “The site has been ear-marked for development for some time. It forms part of the former brownfield Grampian site.
“The application provides a good opportunity to deliver new housing on previously developed land and in a well-contained setting.”
See the full report to councillors.
An Uckfield News story about the planning application can be seen here: Thirteen more homes could be built on Grampian site near Uckfield.