SITUATIONThe development site lies within the High Weald Area of Outstanding NaturalBeauty (AONB). Located within a 10-minute walk of the site is a conveniencestore, post office, church and community hall together with Rugby Club.Within a 15 - 20 minute walk of the site is Crowborough Town Centre withfacilities including Morrisons and Waitrose Supermarkets, library anddoctor'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 bereached via a direct public footpath. Beacon Community College and SixthForm 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 providesservices to London Bridge (Charing Cross) and Uckfield.ACCESSThe junction at Green Lane will be modified in order to create a new 'T'junction and realignment of junction with Palesgate Lane.DESCRIPTIONThe site is well screened due to the rolling landform to the site's east,north and west together with surrounding woodland. The site is currentlycontained by mature field boundary trees and hedgerow with the majority ofthe site located on sloping ground. The site comprises approximately 5parcels of permanent pasture which are currently used for the grazing ofhorses. There is a further parcel of land to the south which is unmanagedformer grassland which has regenerated into woodland.DESIGNATIONSThe site and the surrounding area are located within the High Weald Area ofNatural Beauty (AONB) and Crowborough is located approximately 2km east ofthe Ashdown Forest which is designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA)and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). There are no ecological designationswithin or adjacent to the site; two public rights of way are within closeproximity of the site; no Tree Preservation Orders relate to the site or itsboundaries.PLANNINGA previous planning application was submitted for the site in 2013 for 103dwellings with 10 ha of land for Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace(SANG) in order to help mitigate visitor pressure uponthe Ashdown Forest. The 2013 application was refused by Wealden DistrictCouncil for reasons which included its effect upon the character andappearance of the countryside; impacts upon the AshdownForest and sustainability in terms of transport. At appeal the inspectorfound in favour of the scheme. Wealden Council challenged the originalappeal 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 ofAppeal, who reaffirmed the decision of the lower court. The matter was thenreferred back to the Secretary of State for redetermination.Work undertaken by the Council since 2013 has highlighted that there isadditional capacity for development over and above that which previouslyexisted at which point the Council included the site within the developmentboundary. An Outline Planning application was submitted and granted for 103Dwellings including 36 affordable units (35%) under planning referenceWD/2018/2122/MAO. All matters of detail apart from means of access arereserved for subsequent approval. It is currently proposed that the centralarea of the site, edged red is proposed for residential development, withassociated public open space, infrastructure and landscaping. The remainderof 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 provideSANGS land as this has been provided at Walshes Road.The masterplan accommodates 103 dwellings at an average of just over 27.5dwellings per hectare. A range of tenures and sizes would comprise 1,2,3,4and 5 bed market, shared ownership andaffordable housing.