Developers are thinking about building up to 100 houses on fields North of Walshes Road.
Catesby Estates Ltd have asked Wealden District Council for a “screening opinion” before submitting a planning application.
Screening is the process of deciding which projects require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). An EIA only applies to a small proportion of projects that have a significant effect on the environment. By asking for a screening opinion it enables the public to have an early opportunity to participate in the decision-making procedures. The development across the road asked for a screening option.
The report sent to Wealden District Council states that:
An outline planning application (with all matters reserves except for means of access from Walshes Road) will be submitted for up 100 residential dwellings, new internal access roads and footways, car parking, open spaces, sustainable urban drainage system and associated landscaping.
It is anticipated that the maximum height will be 2.5 storeys. The Report draws attention to the accumulative effects from other schemes including 160 houses on land South of Walshes Road, Jordan’s Nursery, Tollwood Road and the Plough & Horses pub. Any potential adverse effects on the Ashdown Forest from additional traffic will be mitigated by the new greenspace (SANG) at Walshes Manor. In 2014 Wealden District Council said the SANG would unlock future development and the Head of Planning warned Crowborough Town Council to expect a flood of applications.
Click to the see the report submitted by Barton Willmore on behalf of Catesby Estates Ltd.
Photos of the SANG at Walshes Manor – photos taken whilst the paths were being constructed before Christmas:
Have Your Say
When the planning application for 160 houses on the South of Walshes Road was approved, much of the debate was about the additional traffic problems the development might cause on the surrounding roads, mainly Western Road.
All developments with five or more dwellings have to provide 35% affordable housing (see Affordable Housing Delivery Local Plan for details). Developers have to pay money to support infrastructure developments in the district (Community Infrastructure Levy £150 per square metre) plus Section 106 money for those projects which will have a greater impact on the locality (see the Charging Schedule).
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