Crowborough Housing Plans

This page relates to the Planning Application orignally made for Walshes Road development and as such will give you background information from quite a few years ago.  As you can imagine from the first enquiry to the digging of the first foundations take quite some time - in this case over 4 years.  Since this initial application a further 85 homes on this site has recently been requested (August 2018)

This is in addition to the 85 just approved for land adjoining Luxford Road, possible development at Jordans Nursey & Brooklands Avenue (Gleeson Development - see separate page).





Proposed 160 houses between Adam Close, Walshes Rd & Walsh Manor, at the top of Walshes Rd opposite the parade of shops just along from Fermor Road.

Plans have been submitted and Objections lodged with WDC due to traffic issues.

Crowborough Town Council OBJECT

ESCC Highways - OBJECT - see below!


A last minute document appeared on the Planning site late on 22nd October with East Sussex Highways doing a U turn on their previous REFUSAL.

They said they now APPROVED the plans having met with Rydon and WDC to discuss how traffice issues could be alleviated and as they were happy with Rydons proposals they changed their stance.


WDC Housing Services recommend the following needs to be addressed for Social Housing - the formal design and plans have yet to be submitted so it will be interesting to see what actually is built:


The Housing Service notes that the developer is prepared to negotiate on the mix of affordable units on the development. The Housing Service’s preferred mix and tenure is:
80% rent made up of:

18% one bedroom

40% 2 bedroom houses

38% 3 bedroom houses

4% 4 bedrooms houses

20% for affordable homes ownership made up of:

50% 2 bedroom houses and

50% 3 bedroom houses.


The delivery of affordable housing is a key strategic objective of the Council and there is proven need for affordable housing in the area as follows:
Currently there are 137 households registered for affordable accommodation in Crowborough and there are approximately 756 affordable homes to rent in Crowborough.


Assuming current rates of turnover are maintained then it will take 7 years to house all those households currently on the housing register that require 1 bedroom accommodation;

3 years to house families waiting for 2 bedroom accommodation and

7 years to house those on the housing register waiting for 3 bedroom accommodation. For families requiring 4 bedroom homes the wait is indefinite as we have had no vacancies in the last two years.

The Housing Needs Survey 2009 identified an annual housing need of 120 new affordable homes per year to meet demand.
The affordable housing units should be owned and managed by a Housing Association approved by and has entered into a nomination agreement with the District Council. The developer/landowner should dispose of the affordable units to the Housing Association either on a freehold basis or on a long lease of at least 125 years at a peppercorn rent.
The District Council approves and supports the following Housing Associations for Housing Corporation grant to help deliver the affordable housing: AffinitySutton Housing Group Saxon Weald Housing Association Town & Country Housing Group Raglan Housing Association Orbit Housing Group Hastoe Housing Association
The affordable rented units should meet the following internal minimum sizes:
1 Bedroom Flats/houses 512m
2 Bedroom Houses 762m
3 Bedroom Houses 862m
4 Bedroom Houses 1252m
The affordable housing requirements: Meet Housing Corporation Design & Quality Standards April 2007 including an assessment against the 20 ‘Building for Life’ criteria which demonstrates a minimum achievement of 14 out of 20 positive responses Meet level 3 of The Code for Sustainable Homes (Communities & Local Government publication).

Incorporate all 16 points of Joseph Rowntree ‘Lifetime Homes standards’ Meet Secure by Design principles as agreed by the Police Architectural Liaison Officer.


Be distributed throughout the sites in groups of no more than 10 homes.


The design of the affordable housing should be such that the quality and appearance of the homes are not distinguishable by their tenure type.


Private outdoor amenity space in the form of gardens for houses and balconies/terraces/gardens or landscaped communal areas for flats including a drying area with rotary dryers. Open plan kitchen/lounge layout is only acceptable for one bedroom homes.


Publication of Affordable Housing Delivery Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation Paper


The Affordable Housing Delivery Local Plan seeks to review the Core Strategy Local Plan Policy WCS8 concerning Affordable Housing. It does not affect any other policy contained within the Core Strategy. This Issues and Options Consultation Paper presents a range of options in relation to affordable housing policy and is being published to enable you to give us your views on these matters.


This is the first stage of public consultation. We would like to take your views into account when developing the Affordable Housing Delivery Local Plan. We are keen to hear the views of our community, including residents, businesses, voluntary organisations and Parish and Town Councils. These views will be taken into account in shaping the final document. In addition to the various options presented, you may wish to put forward your own options which we will also consider.


The Issues and Options paper will be subject to public consultation for a period of six weeks from Monday 22nd September 2014 to Monday 3rd November 2014. Any representations received after 5pm on Monday 3rd November 2014 cannot be accepted.


How to make your comments

Representations can be made online using our consultation system which can be accessed from the Council's website at or by using the web address Alternatively representations may be made by completing a representation form (available on our website or by request) and emailing it to or sending it to Planning Policy, Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX. Representations must be made between 9 a.m. on Monday 22nd September 2014 and 5 p.m. on Monday 3rd November 2014.

Before submitting representations we would strongly encourage you to read our ‘Guidance Note for Respondents’.

The Affordable Housing Delivery Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation document and its supporting Sustainability Appraisal are also available for inspection at a number of locations across the District. Details of these locations can be found on the WDC website.

Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000


Past News

4 June 2013

Have your say about how we develop our Strategic Development Sites

Major changes are taking place in a number of Wealden towns with new development and the introduction of a new way of collecting money from developers to help pay for community improvements.

These changes are outlined in two important documents produced by Wealden District Council: The Strategic Sites Local Plan and the Community Infrastructure Levy. Members of the public will have the opportunity to give their views about these proposals from Monday 17 June until Monday 29 July.

“The Strategic Sites Local Plan shows where the new development sites will be in Crowborough, Uckfield, Hailsham, Polegate, Stone Cross and Frant,” said Councillor Ann Newton, Cabinet member for Planning and Development.

“These areas have already been identified for growth in the Wealden Core Strategy following a series of public consultations and an examination in public. This document looks at the proposed sites which should provide the most sustainable solutions to the District’s housing and employment needs.”

“The Community Infrastructure Levy is the Government’s preferred new way of raising money from developers to help pay for necessary infrastructure improvements. These should bring benefits for the whole community.”

The Strategic Sites Local Plan and the draft charging schedule for the Community Infrastructure Levy will be available for downloading from the Wealden website, from 12 June. Hard copies of the documents and supporting papers will also be available at Wealden District Council’s offices in Hailsham and Crowborough, local libraries and town and parish council offices across Wealden. You can make representations about either of these key documents online on Wealden’s website,

A series of public exhibitions have also been organised throughout the District and when officers will be available to answer any queries.


Saturday 15 June, 10 – 1pm Polegate Polegate Community Centre

Monday 17 June, 2 – 5pm Frant Frant Memorial Hall

Saturday 22 June, 10 – 1pm Crowborough Crowborough Community Centre

Saturday 29 June, 10 – 1pm Uckfield Uckfield Civic Centre

Saturday 29 June, 10 – 1pm Hailsham Hailsham Civic Community Hall



“The public exhibitions will concentrate on what the Strategic Sites mean for specific communities,” said Councillor Newton. “There are many opportunities to get involved and make your representations about these two important proposals.”

The Strategic Sites Plan will cover the main development locations for growth within the District until 2027. It includes proposals for nearly 1500 affordable homes, around 30 per cent of the total number of new homes expected to be built over the next 14 years.

The Community Infrastructure Levy will apply to all new residential and some retail developments and the rate of charges proposed will vary depending on geographic location. Rates for residential development will range from £110 per m2 to £180 per m2. The CIL will largely replace contributions from Section 106 planning agreements in the future although these will remain in place for affordable housing and to meet any site specific requirements of developments.


For further information:


Cllr Ann Newton,

Cabinet Member for Planning & Development,

Wealden District Council.

Tel: 01825 890103




Jim van den Bos,

Communications Officer,

Wealden District Council.

Tel: 01892 602745




David Phillips,

Head of Planning Policy & Economic Development ,

Wealden District Council.

Tel: 01892 60287