North of Walshes Road, Crowborough, East Sussex

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Site Update - June 2020

Following a Section 73 Application to increase the number of new homes from 85 to 100, we are pleased to announce that Wealden District Council Planning Committee North resolved to grant planning permission for our site on land north of Walshes Road, Crowborough (25th June 2020).

An outline planning application was originally submitted by Catesby in March 2017 for a residential development of up to 100 homes, including 35% affordable housing and public open space located outside the AONB.  Following a planning committee in August 2018 a condition was imposed to restrict development to 85 dwellings as a result of Wealden’s approach to planning applications in the context of the Ashdown Forest. This approach has since changed following the Inspector’s examination of the now withdrawn Local Plan.

The application was recommended for approval by Planning Officers, with the case for the removal of the condition being compelling to enable the site to fully realise its potential for development in order to contribute towards remedying the housing shortage in the area.

About The Site

An outline planning application was submitted by Catesby Estates to Wealden District Council (WDC) in March 2017 for a residential development of up to 100 homes, including 35% affordable housing located outside the AONB, following pre-app advice in November 2016 and January 2017.

There is a shortage of new homes in the District and across the country, forcing up prices and preventing people from achieving their ambitions of owning or renting a home. 

The SHLAA (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment March 2014) recognises development on the site should be visually well integrated into the existing settlement.

Catesby Estates has sought to do this with a low density scheme (28 dph) with significant public open space (60%) and additional planting.

This is a sensitively designed housing scheme for Crowborough, tailored to fit the character of the local area.

Existing hedges and trees will be retained, and supplemented with additional landscape planting meaning this new development will nestle into the existing landscape, limiting visual impact on the wider area.

The good range of local facilities and public transport connections mean the site is a highly sustainable location for new homes.

The site is located to the north of Walshes Road, opposite the consented Rydon Homes site which is directly to the south of Walshes Road. This site is not within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which surrounds Crowborough.

  • Up to 100 new high quality homes in a range of sizes and styles to meet local needs.
  • 35% new affordable housing to enabling more young Crowborough families and first-time buyers struggling to get onto the housing ladder find a home within their financial means.
  • Provision of a new roundabout at the junction of Walshes Road/Rotherfield Road, to reduce queuing times, and this will be delivered ahead of occupation of any new homes.
  • Almost 60% of the site will be public open space for use by the local community with new pedestrian walking routes

Working Together:

Catesby Estates has had significant engagement with Crowborough Town Council and other community groups including Alderbrook Community Association, Western Road Residents Association and Blackness Road Residents Association.

The feedback received has been used to shape the planning application submitted where possible.

Economic Benefits:

New development creates economic opportunities for both local residents and businesses:

  • WDC would gain income from the New Homes Bonus Scheme (£660,000) and Council Tax Revenue (circa £190,000 per annum)
  • The development will make provisions towards the enhancement of community facilities through the provision of monies from CIL. The CIL Charging Schedule contains a rate of £150 per sq.m of residential development, this equates to approximately £900,000 with 15% of this going directly to Crowborough Town Council.
  • Additional jobs (77) would be created through construction of the site and the introduction of a new labour force into the area.
  • Increased spending in the area as a result of new residents, helping support Crowborough Town Centre.

 

Site Update - June 2020

Following a Section 73 Application to increase the number of new homes from 85 to 100, we are pleased to announce that Wealden District Council Planning Committee North resolved to grant planning permission for our site on land north of Walshes Road, Crowborough (25th June 2020).

An outline planning application was originally submitted by Catesby in March 2017 for a residential development of up to 100 homes, including 35% affordable housing and public open space located outside the AONB.  Following a planning committee in August 2018 a condition was imposed to restrict development to 85 dwellings as a result of Wealden’s approach to planning applications in the context of the Ashdown Forest. This approach has since changed following the Inspector’s examination of the now withdrawn Local Plan.

The application was recommended for approval by Planning Officers, with the case for the removal of the condition being compelling to enable the site to fully realise its potential for development in order to contribute towards remedying the housing shortage in the area.

About The Site

An outline planning application was submitted by Catesby Estates to Wealden District Council (WDC) in March 2017 for a residential development of up to 100 homes, including 35% affordable housing located outside the AONB, following pre-app advice in November 2016 and January 2017.

There is a shortage of new homes in the District and across the country, forcing up prices and preventing people from achieving their ambitions of owning or renting a home. 

The SHLAA (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment March 2014) recognises development on the site should be visually well integrated into the existing settlement.

Catesby Estates has sought to do this with a low density scheme (28 dph) with significant public open space (60%) and additional planting.

This is a sensitively designed housing scheme for Crowborough, tailored to fit the character of the local area.

Existing hedges and trees will be retained, and supplemented with additional landscape planting meaning this new development will nestle into the existing landscape, limiting visual impact on the wider area.

The good range of local facilities and public transport connections mean the site is a highly sustainable location for new homes.

The site is located to the north of Walshes Road, opposite the consented Rydon Homes site which is directly to the south of Walshes Road. This site is not within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which surrounds Crowborough.

  • Up to 100 new high quality homes in a range of sizes and styles to meet local needs.
  • 35% new affordable housing to enabling more young Crowborough families and first-time buyers struggling to get onto the housing ladder find a home within their financial means.
  • Provision of a new roundabout at the junction of Walshes Road/Rotherfield Road, to reduce queuing times, and this will be delivered ahead of occupation of any new homes.
  • Almost 60% of the site will be public open space for use by the local community with new pedestrian walking routes

Working Together:

Catesby Estates has had significant engagement with Crowborough Town Council and other community groups including Alderbrook Community Association, Western Road Residents Association and Blackness Road Residents Association.

The feedback received has been used to shape the planning application submitted where possible.

Economic Benefits:

New development creates economic opportunities for both local residents and businesses:

  • WDC would gain income from the New Homes Bonus Scheme (£660,000) and Council Tax Revenue (circa £190,000 per annum)
  • The development will make provisions towards the enhancement of community facilities through the provision of monies from CIL. The CIL Charging Schedule contains a rate of £150 per sq.m of residential development, this equates to approximately £900,000 with 15% of this going directly to Crowborough Town Council.
  • Additional jobs (77) would be created through construction of the site and the introduction of a new labour force into the area.
  • Increased spending in the area as a result of new residents, helping support Crowborough Town Centre.

 

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