Demand a sustainable development for Old Malling Farm
Plans for a 226-home development at Old Malling Farm in Lewes are raising concerns for their lack of affordable housing, potential to increase traffic, and poor sustainability credentials. Here’s how you can lodge comments with the South Downs National Park.
How we design new homes and housing developments plays a critical role in tackling climate change and ecological breakdown.
That’s partly why there’s been a lot of concern about a planning application for 226 homes at Old Malling Farm on the north-western outskirts of Lewes by the River Ouse, which has been submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA). You can see the whole planning application on the SDNPA website by searching for application reference SDNP/18/06103/OUT.
As well as only providing 15% affordable housing (against a planning policy requirement of 50%), the outline application:
- Includes spaces for an additional 550 cars and doesn’t offer any attractive sustainable transport alternatives – such as using the old Uckfield railway line to create a new walking and cycling route into town
- Makes no proposals to reduce the number of car journeys required by providing on-site facilities such as workspace, shops or local amenities
- Fails to commit to being zero carbon and zero waste, as required by SDNPA policy
- Does not demonstrate how the development addresses climate change mitigation and adaptation, as required by SDNPA policy, including creating energy-efficient homes
- Does not give any indication of how the development will identify and incorporate opportunities for net gains in biodiversity as required by SDNPA policy.
We think this would be a missed opportunity to create a development that reflects how we really need to design and build in the face of climate change. If you’d like to learn more, we strongly recommend reading this consultation response by a number of Lewes District Councillors.
If you wish to respond, send your comments to the South Downs National Park Authority via their website. Search for application reference SDNP/18/06103/OUT and go to the ‘Comments’ tab.
Although the formal deadline for responses was 1 March 2021, all responses will be considered until the application goes in front of the planning committee.