Major housing scheme in Crowborough moves ahead


A Crowborough housing development at the centre of a long-running legal dispute will move ahead to its final stage.

On Thursday (10th November, Wealden District Council’s Planning Committee North approved a reserved matters application connected to plans to build 103 homes on land at Steel Cross, with access via Green Lane.

The site itself was granted outline planning permission in January 2019, a decision which came off the back of a lengthy legal battle around a previously refused scheme.

With outline planning permission established, the committee were deciding on the final details of the scheme rather than the principle of building on the site.

While eventually approved, the Committee felt more needed to be done to improve the scheme’s environmental credentials. To this end, permission was granted with the addition of an informative condition asking developers to use solar panels and air source heat pumps in the final scheme.

The approved scheme will comprise 18 flats, 12 two-bed houses, 34 three-bed houses, 31 four-bed houses and eight five-bed houses. Of these 36 units would be affordable.

For further information see the application on Wealden District Council’s website (Ref: WD/2022/0398/MRM).


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  1. Stephan

    Re Orchid riding school building.
    Outrageous: devastion of trees, wildlife, drainage. Age old oak trees cut down amongst many others. Owls, birds, newts, deer – all affected.
    This rape of the countryside. What happened to preserving countryside/global warming. Roads can’t cope with 1000’s more cars. Pollution. Flooding ie in Western.
    This area is turning into a suburb. All the building that is going on in Walshes Road is outrageous.
    The road is a disgrace and carbon monoxide levels are increasing – so much traffic, heavy lorries. Road surface is never repaired.
    Why is so much building allowed to go on in Crowborough when there is no road structure or facilities to support it.


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