Update: Yesterday (25th June), Councillors agreed to remove a condition limiting the number of homes to 85.
Since permission was granted in August last year, the new Local Plan has been scrapped and Wealden is unable to meet their housing need for the next five years.
Catesby also control land further North of this site (Phase 2: in purple) and have submitted an application for a further 125 homes on that site.
Update Aug 2018: Despite concerned about highways implications, on 23rd August outline planning permission was granted for the development North of Walshes Road.
The grazing land now falls within the revised development boundary for Crowborough as described in the new Local Plan.
Following a recommendation by the planning officer by a one-vote majority, Councillors on Wealden’s Planning Committee North agreed that up to 85-homes could be built on the site.
As part of the scheme the developer will fund a mini-roundabout at the end of Western Road – the junction with the B2100 Rotherfield Road.
There will also be a roundabout (mid-sized) constructed on Walshes Road to serve this development and the one to the South for 160 dwellings on Walsh Manor Farm.
In addition, Rydon Homes have asked planners at Wealden District Council for a Screening Opinion with regards to building an extra 75 homes at Walsh Manor Farm, adjacent to another development for 160 homes.
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Original article from 2017: 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 (SANGS) at Walshes Manor. In 2014 Wealden District Council said the SANGS 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 SANGS at Walshes Manor – photos taken whilst the paths were being constructed before Christmas:
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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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