Developer considers applying to build fewer houses at Steel Cross

Back in 2013, Knight Developments Ltd applied to build 103 houses including 42 affordable homes at Steel Cross, on land between Palesgate Lane and the Rugby Club.  Wealden District Council rejected the planning application.  Since then, there has been a protracted legal battle reaching the Court of Appeal.

Field at Steel Cross (Photo Warren Saville)

Now the developer’s agent, ASP, has asked the planning department to consider the environmental implications if they submit a fresh application to build either 50 or 60 houses in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Andy Stevens, ASP Planning and Development Consultancy, aid:

My client is presently considering the position following the Court of Appeal judgement.  The outstanding application for 103 now reverts to the Planning Inspectorate, which will make arrangements for a further public inquiry into the proposals in due course.  The applications for Screening Opinion seek only to determine whether EIA [Environmental Impact Assessment] will be required for a smaller scale of development.

For more information see:

WD/2017/6504/SO (50 dweillings)

WD/2017/6505/SO (60 dwellings)

Boars Head Golf Course

At the Sport Recreation and Cemetery Committee on the 7th February, it was raised that the owner of Boars Head Golf Course had contacted Crowborough Town Council to see if they were interested in buying the club, as he “is concerned it will be bought for development land”.   Councillors agreed they were “not in a position to buy the business at the current time”.  The 9-hour golf course has a guide price of £850,000.

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