Two major housing developments in Wealden have triumphed in this year’s Sussex Heritage Trust Awards. One, Lavender Fields, involved the redevelopment of the former Isfield army depot into a mix of 39 new homes and live/work units.  The other, Wadhurst Place, Mayfield Lane, Wadhurst, featured the conversion of a girls school into 17 new homes.

The Isfield scheme includes nine affordable homes. Six homes feature office facilities which will allow for mixed residential and business use.

“In both projects, the developers have worked with our planners to create sympathetic designs,” said Councillor Ann Newton, Cabinet member for Planning and Development. “The Isfield project has made sensitive use of a brownfield site in a village close to Ashdown Forest. It has enabled housing to be built that met modern needs of working people.

“Wadhurst Place is a Victorian building that had become unloved in recent years. The redevelopment has allowed the property to be put to good use, while retaining much of the historic fabric and design of the building.

“I would like congratulate Millwood Designers Homes and Newcourt Residential Ltd on their success in the Large Residential Homes category of the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards.”

Wealden’s Planning Service provides a range of Pre-Application Advice including half-hour surgeries for householder applications. Also one hour surgeries for small housing and commercial developments, and for developments taking place on listed buildings and in conservation areas. Further details of surgeries, appointments and general planning advice can be found on the Planning Advice pages of the Wealden web site: http://www.wealden.gov.uk/Wealden/Residents/Planning_and_Building_Contr…

Further details of this year’s Sussex Heritage Trust Awards can be found on the Sussex Heritage Trust website, www.sussexheritagetrust.org.uk 

Wadhurst Place is pictured above, Lavender Fields below

Lavender Fields