A scheme to build 160 new homes in Walshes Road, Crowborough, has been lodged with Wealden District Council.
Rydon Homes want to construct two one-bedroom flats, three two-bedroom houses, 75 three-bedroom houses, 52 four-bedroom houses, including 56 affordable dwellings, together with access, parking, open space and play areas. They must seek change of use of the agricultural land to suitable alternative natural green space (SANGS.)
The proposal concerns Nigel and Jenifer Patty, who run the Orchid Riding Centre in Walshes Road. They say they have been lucky enough to have the use of fields at Walshes Manor for nearly 30 years and their business has developed around the use of open spaces where customers have had the opportunity to ride safely off road.
In a letter to the council they say they do not expect to stop the march of progress regarding building but hope ‘the provision of bridle paths will receive equal consideration’ with pedestrian facilities.
Meanwhile neighbours expressed their fears. They understand new housing needs to be built but find the location and size of the development ‘wholly inappropriate for this rural setting’.
Worries focus on increased traffic causing noise and pollution for residents and existing blockages at Western Road and Luxford Lane. One writes: “The Walshes road site is a stunning, lush piece of land with masses of wildlife. I don’t understand how building three and four bedroom homes that will probably sell for over £300k will help the young of Crowborough get on the property market.”