New Blackboys homes create road danger

People living in a quiet country village are up in arms about a scheme to build three cottages in a rural lane.

The application - lodged last week with Wealden District Council planners by Gowing Developments of Blackboys - seeks consent to construct two semis and one detached cottage in Rock Gardens, Nettlesworth Lane, Vines Cross.

But neighbours say the proposal has been met ‘with great dismay’ and is an overdevelopment on a very small piece of land.

One objector says the development will create more traffic: “Vines Cross suffers greatly from a huge increase in traffic over the last few years and the whole village is a rat run at certain times of the day.

“The infrastructure of this village cannot sustain this type of development and this is infilling at its worst.”

Another concerned resident says: “I am a little confused; how can you make comment on an application when the builders are already on site building?”

And she asks if any consideration has been given to access for fire appliances.

A family living in Rock Gardens points out the lane is already dangerous for pedestrians as there is no footpath and asks for the speed limit to be reduced from 30mph to 20mph.