1,000-home development - Wealden moves the goal posts

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Once again the saga of the 1,000 houses to be built south west of Uckfield raises its ugly head. Wealden District Council have moved the goal posts and have just issued modifications to the Ridgewood Farm development. It now proposes revised numbers for the type of houses to be built.

The number of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom houses will fall from 533 to 390 and 4 and 5-bedroom houses will rise from 117 to 260 – a total of 650 market value houses,plus 350 affordable houses

By building larger houses, it usually means larger occupancy and more cars per household. This site could now increase the population of Uckfield by up to 20 per cent. So much for helping first time buyers.

Under the Ashdown Forest 7km ruling, all the required suitable alternative green spaces cannot be met within the development, so land outside the site must be obtained. Boothland Woods and the Millennium Green have been mooted. Surly these areas are for the use of the present residents of Uckfield, not for the developers to use to get there maximum density of houses on the site.

In WDC core strategy, it states any off-site SANGS are subject to the acquisition of appropriate land by the developer.

The end of 2015 is not too far away. Uckfield is a one-high street market town. We could end up like Crawley – one massive sprawling housing estate.

Mel Sanders

Uckfield