Update: Outline planning permission was granted at the meeting of the Planning Committee North on 12th May 2016.
At planning application for 34 affordable homes has been submitted for the old council depot off Forest Dene in Jarvis Brook.
Wealden District Council want outline permission to allow them to build 26 houses and two blocks of flats containing eight one-bed apartments. There will be 12 two-bed houses, 12 three-bed houses and 2 four-bed houses on the site. There will be 48 parking spaces adjacent to the homes with 10 spaces for visitors to use.
The Council’s policy is for 35% affordable housing. All the affordable housing will be owned and managed by the Council. The ‘Design and Access Statement’ submitted with the planning application states there are currently 123 households on the Council’s housing register requiring affordable housing in Crowborough.
The former depot was previously used for storing vehicles such a bin lorries. The 2 acre site has not been used since 2013 and has been earmarked for housing for some time. The Transport Study argues there will be no impact on the air quality of Ashdown Forest, as there will be less vehicle movements than when the site was used as a garage for HGVs.
Due to the proximity of The Ghyll local nature reserve to the South West, it is likely the site is providing a habitat for protected wildlife species. A preliminary ecological survey conducted in 2014 identified slow-worms, dormice and an active badger sett in The Ghyll. The report highlights the need to transfer the slow-worms to an alternative site. As the development involves the loss of hedgerows and scrubland with potential to support dormice, the ecologists have said it will be necessary to apply to Natural England for a licence to undertake the work.
To view the planning application see Wealden District Council’s website (Ref: WD/2016/0619/MAO): www.planning.wealden.gov.uk.