Housing plans for Wealden

PEOPLE living in Uckfield, Heathfield and Crowborough will soon be able to express their views about sites for new housing in or near their towns.

After an earlier consultation by Wealden District Council about its ‘core strategy.’ 12 areas have now been identified for growth.

Within these areas, details of actual sites have been published.

The council wants to hear what residents think about proposals.

Planning council member Cllr Roy Galley said: “It is important we start the process of narrowing down the possible sites for new development as soon as possible. It is still early days and I would stress that these are only options we are looking at and not firm proposals.”

He explains that unless Wealden has a firm plan in place, the doors are open for developers to submit applications to build anywhere they like and these would be hard to refuse.

For Uckfield a site has been identified to the south west of the town, between the A22 and the Victoria pleasure grounds and Boothlands Wood, and south of the Bellbrook Industrial Estate. There would be a new access from the A22 itself. The site would be capable of providing space for up to 1,000 new homes.

In Heathfield, separate sites to the north west of the town have been earmarked for up to 160 new homes.

The sites include 4.9 hectares at the back of the police station, 1.8 hectares north of Rothershaw, 1.45 hectares north of Tilsmore Nurseries and a further 1.87 north of Tilsmore Lodge.

They would extend almost up to the edge of the Millennium Green and the area would also incorporate recreation space, football pitches, multi-sports courts, tennis courts and a park area.

In Crowborough, sites in Pine Grove and Jarvis Brook have been identified for about 140 homes.

The Jarvis Brook sites are at the Jarvis Brook depot, Millwood Garden Centre and west of Palesgate Lane.

Wealden says there will be a six week consultation starting in January.

Details can initially be found online although hard copies will also be available at libraries, town and parish council offices and Wealden’s own offices.

There will be drop in sessions in Crowborough, Uckfield and Polegate and information about these – plus ways to track the sites via the Internet – will be advertised in this newspaper and the Kent and Sussex Courier.

Details now on: http://council.wealden.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=30584