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Streatfeild House Redevelopment Proposals

We want your comments on our proposals for the redevelopment of Streatfeild House, Southview Drive, Uckfield.

Our Housing Development team are keen to hear your views on our plans for the redevelopment of Streatfeild House.

Please view the information below and send any comments by Tuesday 31 May 2022, either by email  to housingdevelopment@wealden.gov.uk or in writing to: Housing Development Department, Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham BN27 2AX.

Streatfeild House is located on the corner of Southview Drive and the High Street. The existing building was constructed in 1979 and was used as a retirement living court for 40 years. It was closed down in 2019 as it was in a poor state of repair and no longer fit for purpose.

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The high costs of refurbishment means that redevelopment is the best option for the site.  This gives us the opportunity to deliver a highly sustainable development that will meet the needs of the local community and to deliver on Wealden District Council’s commitment to work towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.  The proposal is to demolish the existing building and deliver 20 new affordable general needs homes in its place.

Proposed Mix of Homes along with 43 car parking spaces

  • 4 x 1 bedroom apartments
  • 10 x 2 bedroom houses
  • 4 x 3 bedroom houses
  • 1 x 3 bedroom wheelchair user house
  • 1 x 4 bedroom wheelchair user house

80% of the homes will be available to rent to local households from the Housing Register.  20% of the homes will be available to purchase on a shared ownership basis by local households.

All homes will be accessible and adaptable and will include features that will make them suitable for a range of occupants, including older people, individuals with reduced mobility and some wheelchair users.

In addition to this, one 3 bedroom house and one 4 bedroom house have been designed specifically for wheelchair users.

Each house has its own private garden and two parking spaces and every 1 bedroom flat has private outdoor space and 1 car parking space.  There are also 7 visitor parking spaces.

The development has been carefully designed to fit in with the surrounding area. None of the buildings are larger than two storeys in height and traditional materials are proposed to complement the existing buildings on the High Street. 

The proposed layout has been carefully designed to preserve neighbouring privacy light and outlook with the rear facades of all buildings being set at least 19m from existing properties on Lime Close and Bedford Court.

Boundaries will be maintained via a mix of hedging, walls and fencing, and the Lest We Forget bench installed by the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents Association will also be retained in place along with the Bus Stop. An electrical sub-station is included on the site; if this is not needed this area will be landscaped.

The wooded area at the South of the site will be retained and enhanced as a Woodland Wildlife area to improve biodiversity. Non-native invasive species will be removed and the area will be managed to encourage vertebrae, birds and bats.

Bat and bird boxes, as well as bee bricks, bee friendly planting and hedgehog gateways will be provided within the site, and as many existing hedgerows and trees as possible will be retained. A green roof on the top of the apartment block will further enhance the biodiversity and energy efficiency of the site and additional planting and landscaping will be provided throughout.

The planning application will be supported by a Construction Management Plan to minimise disruption during the construction process. The Council’s selected Building Contractor will sign up to a Considerate Contractors scheme.

We are keen to hear to receive your views and comments on the design of the development prior to submitting a planning application for the site in early Summer 2022.  If the application is successful demolition would commence early 2023 with the homes completed by late 2024.

In order to achieve a highly sustainable and energy efficient scheme, each home will have highly insulated walls, roof and floors, triple glazing and include low carbon technologies such as photovoltaic solar panels and air source heat pumps. The homes are orientated to maximise heat & light from the sun and will also all have cycle storage and access to electric vehicles charging points.

Sustainability Features at a glance:

  • Low/zero carbon homes
  • Photovoltaic Solar Panels
  • Heat Pumps
  • High levels of insulation
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Secure cycle storage
  • Green roof to apartment building
  • Wooded area retained and enhanced to encourage vertebrae, birds and bats

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Images of new development

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