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Crowborough Housing Plans

posted 11 Oct 2011, 09:37 by Haley Whittall   [ updated 11 Oct 2011, 10:38 ]
Wealden District Council has submitted its Core Strategy to the Secretary of State for independent examination. The Core Strategy sets out WDC’s plans for the development of Wealden up until 2030, including broad locations for proposed new housing. Within Crowborough, three main areas have been identified for building around 300 new homes. In priority order these are;-
 
  • Around 140 homes within the urban area including redevelopment of the Pine Grove council offices, and at the existing Wealden depot at Jarvis Brook.
  • Around 160 homes on greenfield land in the Walshes Road area in the vicinity of the Plough & Horses
A reserve site north of the A26 has also been identified in case of deliverability problems arising at the above preferred sites. The full Core Strategy Development Plan Document can be accessed via the
WDC website (See Page 46 for Crowborough Area Strategy)

What Happens Next?

The Government Planning Inspectorate has raised some concerns about the Core Strategy, including its potential impact upon Ashdown Forest, which is protected under the European Habitat Regulations. Details of these concerns and WDC’s responses can be found on the
WDC Examination of the Core Strategy page

Assuming the Planning Inspectorate approves the current Core Strategy, building 300 homes at these locations will become WDC planning policy. WDC will then release a Strategic Sites document sometime in the New Year which will detail various options for the precise locations of the new homes within the above broad areas, including field boundaries etc. These options will be subject to a period of public consultation giving Crowborough residents a window of opportunity to make representations to WDC.

We are particularly concerned about the proposal to build on greenfield land near Walshes Road. Apart from the loss of wildlife habitat and the chipping away of more of our beautiful countryside, this development potentially isolates the Country Park from existing migratory routes, inevitably leading to loss of biodiversity.

Meanwhile, we await the outcome of the Planning Inspectorate’s decision, and then further clarity from WDC on the specific locations of new homes. We will be advising how to engage with the subsequent public consultation process in due course.
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