We believe the outline planning application for the Old Malling Farm site is inadequate and unacceptable in its present form.
The site has been included in the Local Plan for development for 220-240 homes and that principle, whether we like it or not, cannot be challenged. But we can press for the current proposal to be rejected.
• We need inexpensive homes for sale and for rent to people brought up and working in the area, not large expensive housing for more incomers.
• The development brief requires that the site should have 40% ‘affordable housing’. The application offers 15%. This is a green field site so there are none of the additional costs incurred by brownfield sites, so there is no justification for this.
• The road access through a junction at Monk’s Way is remote and inadequate. It flooded in 2000 and Highways England have objected to it.
• Provision of 450 car spaces will lead to congestion on Old Malling Way and queues at the junction with Church Lane. The development should also include provision for a bus service to reduce car usage, as well as a school to accommodate every child who lives in the estate.
• A pedestrian crossing must be provided at the junction of Old Malling Way and St Michaels Terrace to compensate for increased traffic from the development.
• A major contribution to the cost of a bridge over the Ouse at the end of the disused railway line which Cycle Lewes is campaigning for should be made a condition of any planning approval. It would be an immediate benefit for residents of Malling and of the Town generally.
We, the undersigned, urge the South Downs National Park Authority to reject the current application for development at Old Malling Farm, and to press for more affordable housing, better solutions to access and better provision of facilities for the local community.