Planners approve next stage of Crowborough housing scheme


The next stage of a major housing development in Crowborough has been given the go ahead by Wealden planners.

Yesterday (9th March), Wealden District Council’s Planning Committee North approved a reserved matters application on plans to build 71 homes at the Walshes Manor Farm site in Walshes Road. 

The scheme, which comes as the second phase of the wider Walshes Manor Farm housing development, had already secured outline planning permission in 2020, meaning the principle of development had already been agreed.

While the reserved matters scheme was ultimately approved, the Committee had significant concerns about whether the local sewerage system could cope with the additional housing.

These concerns saw some councillors argue for the scheme to be refused, but, as Southern Water had said its treatment works did have the necessary capacity, the Committee had been warned this would not provide solid grounds for refusal. 

Of the 71 houses approved, 25 are to be classed as affordable with the remaining 46 to be sold on the private market.

The affordable homes would be made up of 10 one-bedroom flats, 10 two-bedroom houses, four three-bedroom houses  and a single four-bedroom house.

The market houses would be made up of 12 two-bedroom houses, 24 three-bedroom houses and 10 four-bedroom houses.

For further information see application reference WD/2019/0641/MAO on the Wealden District Council website.

Click to watch a video of the discussion that took place at Planning Committee North on 8th March 2023.


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