Policies – Environment

Environment policies, based on the comments you made, as presented at the 16 April 2016 Neighbourhood Plan Policies event. We would like you to comment on the policies.  For a complete set and information on how to comment, see Policies.

Beware that the policies are WORKING DRAFTS ONLY.
They are not finalised and work continues to refine the content.

Environment Policy En1

Recognised places for nature (e.g. Nature reserves) and recreation (e.g. Luxford Field, Victoria Park) are essential for our town’s enjoyment and sense of community. These areas must be protected so:

  • the public can enjoy them freely
  • they can strengthen the community by enabling informal encounters between people and organised events
  • they can support wildlife and biodiversity.

Environment Policy En2

The more informal greens/places for nature on the housing estates etc. are important because they are part of Uckfield’s character.

These areas must be protected so that Uckfield continues to have a green and open character and people can enjoy encountering green spaces and the associated wildlife as part of their daily life.

Environment Policy En3

Community gardens such as Selby Meadow and Keld Close should be encouraged as they provide a focus for community groups and provide spaces for people and nature.

Environment Policy En4

Places for nature have been recorded on the Uckfield – Environment map.

These places should be protected so they can:

  • support and protect wildlife and biodiversity
  • provide opportunities to encounter and enjoy nature.

Environment Policy En4.1

Downlands Farm is a special case because it has already been subject to a Planning Application refusal, appeal and, in 2008, an Inquiry led by P E Dobson, Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.

His report gave various reason for refusing the appeal including: “The proposed development would result in the unacceptable loss of ancient woodland and wetland habitats and lead to the unacceptable fragmentation, isolation and disturbance of natural habitats that support protected wildlife species and other flora and fauna of acknowledged nature conservation importance.”

Environment Policy En5

Residents want to be able to walk to and through a network of green spaces, particularly  along rivers and streams.

Where possible, footpaths will be available to help people enjoy and care for green spaces particularly:

  • Rivers and streams
  • Nature reserves and Woods.

This particularly applies to opportunities created by new developments and other changes.

Environment Policy En6

Residents want green spaces be connected. The concern was for public access but such connections can be for wildlife too.

Wildlife corridors and ‘stepping stones’ will be protected. This includes:

  • Rivers, streams and ditches
  • Greens and gardens
  • The railway line (used and disused)
  • Hedgerows
  • Spaces between houses
  • Green open spaces with trees
  • Grass verges to roads.

Environment Policy En7

Residents appreciate access to the countryside around Uckfield.

Where possible, footpaths and other types of transport will link into the surrounding countryside. Barriers should not be introduced (roads without crossings, fences without gates/stiles) that prevent people accessing the surrounding countryside. Where such barriers already exist, crossings should be created when the opportunity arises.

Environment Policy En8

Residents appreciate Uckfield’s ‘recognised’ woodlands such as Boothland’s Wood, Nightingale Wood and Lake Wood, its wooded surroundings and areas with trees within estates.

All changes should respect the local landscape character, of which trees, hedges and woods are an important part.

Environment Policy En9

Residents have concerns about flooding.

Historically the river Uck has flooded. There are also problems with ‘flash flooding’ due to too much surface water from rain overwhelming local drains and ditches.

All developments and changes should implement sustainable urban drainage measures to reduce the risk of surface water and river flooding. Open areas within the estates are important for reducing the risk of flooding and should not be infilled, unless accompanied by schemes to reduce overall flood risk.

More About Policies

The Policies page has links to policies for the other themes, a document containing all the policies and an invitation to comment.