Wealden District Council

New Build Council Homes

Proposed Redevelopment Of Grants Hill House

One of the proposals under consideration is the redevelopment of Grants Hill House to deliver new high quality affordable homes for older people. The scheme is being designed by PRP Architects, award winning architects with vast experience and expertise of designing older persons and specialist housing schemes.

Grants Hill House

The existing building on Oaklea Way has been decommissioned as part of the Council's Sheltered Housing Review that aims to improve the accommodation offered to older people. The current accommodation does not meet the standards older people expect.

The flats are small and not as well insulated or energy efficient as new homes. The Council did consider the option of refurbishing the building but this would not provide the quality of homes needed or a cost effective solution.

The new proposal for the site will provide high quality, wheelchair accessible, energy efficient apartments for older people, together with associated communal areas and improved landscaping.

Public Consultation Responses

A public consultation was held in Uckfield in December 2015. There was broadly support for the redevelopment of the site, however a number of concerns and objections were raised around the following issues:  

 

  • The height of the building, particularly along the southern elevation and the elevation adjacent to the bowling green.
  • Overlooking to the neighbouring properties particularly along the southern elevation
  • The design of the building
  • The scale and its impact on the conservation area.
  • Loss of light
  • Quantum of development
  • Increased traffic
  • Parking
  • Unsafe pedestrian access
  • Concern around site traffic
  • Landscaping and screening around the perimeter

 A number of positive comments were also were received:

  • Good quality design
  • The proposals are a huge improvement on the old accommodation
  • The redevelopment will provide quality accommodation