Outline planning permission is being sought to build a block of 10 flats on the land currently used as parking by Crowborough Cabs.
Wellsbridge Estates Ltd are proposing to construct five flats with 1 bedroom and five with 2 bedrooms on the land behind Broadway Travel, adjacent to the footpath which runs from the car park down to the Town Centre.
Ash Goldsmith, Manager of Crowborough Cabs, wanted to reassure his customers that the planning application will not affect their operation and future bookings:
As a company we will keep trading. The booking office will remain at Heatherbank, the only thing that would have to change is where we park our cabs.
Only one car parking space would be provided for the new flats, reserved for a Blue Badge Holder. The Design and Access Statement submitted with the application reads:
Thus, while we can imagine that there will be raised eyebrows at the fact that the development does not provide parking space[s], we submit that in this case the sustainability of the site and the improvement to pedestrian movement that would result are sufficient material considerations to make the application proposals acceptable.
The Travel Plan, submitted with the application, reasons that the “car-free” development will be environmentally sustainable and will improve safety, as taxis currently cross the footpath to access the site. Future occupiers of the flats will be encouraged to use environmentally friendly forms of transport, such as cycling and buses. Bus stops are within 50 paces and shops and supermarkets are within easy walking distance.
With Wealden District Council unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land, there is a presumption in favour of sustainable development within the National Planning Policy Framework.
Planning permission has been granted to build three Town Houses on the adjacent site behind Johnsons Dry Cleaning.
Click to view the planning application and submit your comments on Wealden District Council’s website (Ref: WD/2019/1833/MAO).
The Directors of Wellsbridge, Alan Forward and Andrew Stevens, were approached to see if they wished to comment and declined.
Crowborough Town Council is a statutory consultee for all planning applications in the parish. Their Planning and Development Committee will be discussing the application during their meeting on Monday 14th October.