Uckfield car parks and farmland suggested for development

Luxford car park which is to be assessed for development.as Wealden Council draws up a new Local Plan.

Uckfield car parks, farms near Budletts Common, land around the Ashdown Business Park, and off Uckfield by-pass, are to be assessed for development potential.

The sites are flagged by landowners following an appeal for suggestions by Wealden Council as it carries out a Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA).

The council’s own Luxford Field Car Parks and two in Regency Close are included on a map which has been produced to show the land put forward.

Potential

Each of the sites will be assessed for development potential over the first five years of a Local Plan, and broader locations where there could be activity over the next 15 years of the plan.

The maps show the latest places suggested for development, and also sites previously put forward.

None of the new sites have yet been assessed, and the council says the map is not yet complete. More still have to be added.

Sites include the council’s own Luxford Field car parks, 0.88 hectares, and car parks at Regency Close North, 0.04 hectares, and Regency Close South, 0.08 hectares.

Budletts

White House Farm at Budletts, 10.5 hectares, and Mock Beggars Farm between London Road and Five Ash Down, 3.6 hectares, are both included on the map. They are near Downlands Farm where plans for 500 homes are proposed.

Land south of Ashdown Business Park, 38.95 hectares, is included on the map, and so are 11.34 hectares nearby at Oakwood Park, Maresfield. Another 9.877 hectares in Batts Bridge Field, beside the business park, are included.

And 16 hectares of land at Owlsbury Farm, next to Horsted Green and beside the A22 by-pass are also shown.

Halland

In addition a massive site at Halland is included – 173 hectares at Hesmonds Stud. The land stretches along the A22 road, and along London Road towards East Hoathly, and back in the direction of Hawkhurst Common.

Another 6.68 hectare site, at Harrison’s, on the south side of London Road, next to allotments in East Hoathly, is also suggested.

The Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment is used as a starting point to decide whether sites could be developed for housing, economic development, or other uses in a Local Plan.

All the sites will be considered by Wealden Council before publication of its Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment report in Spring 2022.

Bird-in-Eye

• It sounds as if proposals to develop land at Bird-in-Eye, Uckfield, are being brought forward again, though no planning applications yet appear on the Wealden Council website.

Uckfield town and district councillor Helen Firth told a meeting of Uckfield Town Council last night that she was going to ask about two developments proposed for that area.

She said: “I am extremely concerned over these two developments because it is going to be such a massive impact on New Town especially, and possibly on to Mallards.

“I don’t know the full facts but I am worried that’s one of the areas that’s going to be affected as well.”

Cllr Firth indicated the applications would be opposed.

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