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An opportunity to acquire approximately 16.37 hectares (40.6 acres) of residential development land with outline planning permission for 103 dwellings. Planning Permission is granted under reference WD/2018/2122/MAO
The development site lies within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Located within a 10-minute walk of the site is a convenience store, post office, church and community hall together with Rugby Club. Within a 15 – 20 minute walk of the site is Crowborough Town Centre with facilities including Morrisons and Waitrose Supermarkets, library and doctor’s surgery and extensive range of shops. The nearest primary school (St. Mary’s) is around 1.5km south-west of the application site and can be reached via a direct public footpath. Beacon Community College and Sixth Form Centre and Tiddler’s pre-school nursery are both on Green Lane. Crowborough Station is located 2.5km to the South of the site and provides services to London Bridge (Charing Cross) and Uckfield.
The junction at Green Lane will be modified in order to create a new ‘T’ junction and realignment of junction with Palesgate Lane.
The site is well screened due to the rolling landform to the site’s east, north and west together with surrounding woodland. The site is currently contained by mature field boundary trees and hedgerow with the majority of the site located on sloping ground. The site comprises approximately 5 parcels of permanent pasture which are currently used for the grazing of horses. There is a further parcel of land to the south which is unmanaged former grassland which has regenerated into woodland.
The site and the surrounding area are located within the High Weald Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) and Crowborough is located approximately 2km east of the Ashdown Forest which is designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). There are no ecological designations within or adjacent to the site; two public rights of way are within close proximity of the site; no Tree Preservation Orders relate to the site or its boundaries.
A previous planning application was submitted for the site in 2013 for 103 dwellings with 10 ha of land for Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) in order to help mitigate visitor pressure upon the Ashdown Forest. The 2013 application was refused by Wealden District Council for reasons which included its effect upon the character and appearance of the countryside; impacts upon the Ashdown Forest and sustainability in terms of transport. At appeal the inspector found in favour of the scheme.
Wealden Council challenged the original appeal decision in the High Court who found in favour of the Council. A further challenge was then made by the development partner to the Court of Appeal, who reaffirmed the decision of the lower court. The matter was then referred back to the Secretary of State for redetermination. Work undertaken by the Council since 2013 has highlighted that there is additional capacity for development over and above that which previously existed at which point the Council included the site within the development boundary.
An Outline Planning application was submitted and granted for 103 Dwellings including 36 affordable units (35%) under planning reference WD/2018/2122/MAO. All matters of detail apart from means of access are reserved for subsequent approval.
It is currently proposed that the central area of the site, edged red is proposed for residential development, with associated public open space, infrastructure and landscaping. The remainder of the site edged blue will provide landscape and habitat enhancement works, to which there will be no public access. There is now no need to provide SANGS land as this has been provided at Walshes Road.
The masterplan accommodates 103 dwellings at an average of just over 27.5 dwellings per hectare. A range of tenures and sizes would comprise 1,2,3,4 and 5 bed market, shared ownership and affordable housing.
The site is for sale freehold, with vacant possession on completion.
Value Added Tax
The vendors have not elected to waive exemption to VAT on the land, but reserve the right to do so prior to completion.
A password protected dataroom has been prepared as part of this sale and can be provided upon request to include but not limited to title information and full details of planning application WD/2018/2122/MAO. Further information on this site is available by contacting Oliver Robinson on or e-mail o. .
Section 106 Agreement
A Section 106 Agreement has been put in place between Wealden District Council, the development partner and the landowner. The agreement outlines the number of affordable housing units and tenure mix together with information on contribution towards Community Bus Services, SAC, SAMMS, SANGS and Traffic Regulation.
The site is to be sold subject to an overage clause, details to be made available on request.
Method of Sale
We are seeking unconditional offers subject to contract only for the freehold interest of the site. Offers should be for a fixed amount and unrelated to any other offer. The vendors retain the right not to accept the highest or indeed any offer.
Please provide the following information.
• Confirmation of how the purchase is to be funded.
• Whether board approval is required and if so whether it has been sought prior to the submission of the offer.
• Offers will be deemed to have been made with full consideration of the information available in the information pack.
• Estimated timescale.
• Solicitors acting in the transaction.