Breathing Spaces : Crowborough

Places for Nature and People

The Future of Crowborough

The future of Crowborough is important to everyone who lives or works in the town. There is clear ambition for future prosperity and for the enhancement of Crowborough and its beautiful surroundings. Important decisions must be made now about how the town can meet future challenges.

Steel Cross housing development, Crowborough
Proposed plan for Steel Cross housing development in Crowborough

Your opportunity to comment

Wealden District Council has an adopted Core Strategy that requires the development of 300 houses in Crowborough but in order to protect the Ashdown Forest from the effects of recreational pressure from new residents, additional recreational land is required known as Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANG).

We have submitted a planning application (ref: WD/2013/2410/MEA) to Wealden District Council for 103 dwellings and 10 hectares of new public open space for a SANG at Steel Cross in Crowborough on land between the rugby club and Palesgate Lane. The proposals also include improved access to a wide network of local footpaths together with new woodland and tree planting.

We believe our proposals take an imaginative long term approach to the protection of the Ashdown Forest while also helping Crowborough meet local housing needs.

We consider our proposals provide great benefits for residents, the wider community and the protection of Ashdown Forest and the local environment. We hope you will join in the debate.

Click here to view details of the planning application including the technical studies that support the proposed development.

Come and see us

Alternatively we will be holding exhibitions showing the proposals at the following times and places:

  • 2nd December: Harris + Hoole, The Broadway, Crowborough from 3.00pm - 8.30pm
  • 3rd December: Crowborough Community Centre Café from 10.00am - 12.00am
  • 4th December: Crowborough Community Centre Café from 2.00pm - 4.00pm
  • 5th December: Crowborough Community Centre Café from 12.00pm - 2.00pm
  • 6th December: Harris + Hoole, The Broadway, Crowborough from 3.00pm - 6.00pm

Breathing Spaces

Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGS) are a mitigation measure endorsed by Natural England and Wealden District Council in order to provide mitigation against negative recreational impact on the Ashdown Forest and the nature conservation objectives for this sensitive site. The proposed SANGS at Steel Cross will provide:

  • A genuine strategic alternative for recreational and natural green space in Crowborough
  • 8.5 hectares of previously inaccessible land to be opened up to the public and habitat enhancement
  • Enhanced access to a 20km network of currently underused walking routes suitable for a range of users
  • Purpose built car parks and access points for public use
  • Clear signage, information boards, waymarkers and walk maps
  • Picnic areas, dog walking fields and dog friendly walks
  • A range of walking experiences with varied circular walks including: Safe, accessible open terrain; varied and interesting terrain with gently undulating topography; and semi-wooded walks.
  • Improvements to existing footpaths through clearance, accessibility and navigation
  • Improvements to Crowborough's overall Green Infrastructure and access to the High Weald AONB

Sustainability - Accessibility and Transport

  • Site located adjacent to Palesgate Lane/Green Lane/ B2157 Eridge Road
  • Proposed site access at junction between Green Lane and Palesgate Lane
  • Close to A26 – access to Tunbridge Wells
  • Green Lane provides access to Crowborough town centre
  • Number of bus stops/routes within walking distance of the site on Palesgate Lane and Eridge Road provides access to Crowborough Station, town centre and Tunbridge Wells
  • Within 2km of play area, shops, education facility (nursery to sixth form), leisure centre and doctors surgery
  • Public footpaths along the east boundary and running through the site provide easy access to the countryside and links to the wider Public Right Of Way network
  • Links will be created through the site to connect the formal and informal open spaces which will also connect with the wider green infrastructure network

Walking routes near the proposed housing development in Steel Cross, Crowborough Steel Cross housing development, Crowborough
Proposed plan for Steel Cross housing development in Crowborough

Contact Wealden District Council

If you would like to make comments on our planning application direct to Wealden District Council please search for reference number WD/2013/2410/MEA.

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