Update (Dec 2015): The Western Road Residents Association have told CrowboroughLife that this proposal is not been considered by Rydon Homes.
In the planning application there is a scheme to introduce additional parking restrictions along Western Road to provide gaps where vehicles can pass. Also proposals to reduce the width of the Hadlow Road/ Western Road junction, in order to make it easier for pedestrians to cross and also allow room for some additional off street parking (See Section 10 and Appendix K in the ‘Tranpsort’ document).
At last week’s packed Western Road Residents Association (WRRA), a proposal to build a car park on land on the corner of Western Road and Hadlow Down Road was discussed.
Plans for the car park have been drawn-up following a series of meetings to see what can be done to ease road congestion along roads to the south of the town following the granting last October of outline planning permission for a housing development at Walshes Manor Farm.
The aim of the car park is to give residents somewhere to park their vehicles because under proposals on the table a third of on-street car parking spaces will be lost on Western Road. The car park could also be used by parents taking their children to the primary school and pre-school at the bottom of Hadlow Down Road.
The scheme has emerged following a series of meetings involving the WRRA, Crowborough Town Council, Wealden District Council, East Sussex Highways and Rydon Homes since the planning application to build 160 new houses off Walshes Manor Farm went to committee in October. Permission for the development was granted subject to conditions, and these meetings are part of the negotiation to reach an agreement on various highways matters.
The car park would be on land owned already by East Sussex County Council and the construction would be met by developer contributions from Rydon Homes.
A spokesperson for East Sussex County Council said:
A highways scheme for this area was approved last year as part of the application by Rydon Homes to build 160 new homes on the Walsh Manor Farm site.
The scheme, which is aimed at improving traffic flow, parking and road safety, will include a small reduction in the number of on-street parking spaces in the area.
It has been suggested that an area of county council-owned grass verge at the junction of Western Road and Hadlow Down Road could be used to provide a car park to offset the reduction in on-street spaces.
Discussions on this are in the early stages and any proposal would need to form the basis of a revised planning application by Rydon to Wealden District Council.
Any such scheme would also require detailed analysis of the potential highways impact and further discussion on who would be responsible for managing the car park.
The junction between Walshes Road and Luxford Road oppossite the new development also been discussed. It has been agreed that the junction doesn’t comply with current regulations and the matter has been referred to the ESCC Road Safety Team to see how the junction could be modified.
Separately a petition calling for the railway bridge at Jarvis Brook to be modified is circulating around the town. It is understood that if 1,000 signatures are obtained, discussions can be triggered at the Lead Member’s for Transport and Environment’s meeting. A feasibilty study has already been conducted and it is thought the bridge over the B2100 to Rotherfield can be modified to allow HGVs room to pass under it by ‘squaring-off’ the arch thereby raising the height restriction. At present the route for large vehicles to the Tesco store and industrial units on Sybron Way is along Walshes Road and Western Road. See letter from Cllr Richard Stogdon explaining about the petition.