New homes plan for old coal yard in Fittleworth

View of the historic centre of Fittleworth
View of the historic centre of Fittleworth

PLANS to build nine new homes on the site of the former coalyard in Fittleworth have been submitted to the South Downs National Park.

The new plan follows an application last autumn for homes on the site which was criticised by planners both for density levels and for the form of the scheme.

Submitting a planning design and access statement for the new scheme, town planners Elizabeth Lawrence Ltd said, for the applicant: “The council stated that the density should be increased 
and the scheme should follow the form of a courtyard.

“No objections were raised to the principle of the development of the site for housing.”

The new proposal is for nine semi-detached and terraced homes on the old coalyard in School Lane.

This would include five two-bedroomed and four three-bedroomed homes

The developers said although the site was inside the boundaries of the South Downs National Park, there were no real views into or out of it from the former coalyard.

“It is bordered on three sides by housing and by woodland and pasture land to the east.”

The design statement continued: “The overall density of the scheme reflects that of the surrounding development and reflects the form of the courtyard scheme immediately to the west. The mix of house sizes is to maximise the range of housing for local people.”

The proposed houses are mixed in size and include a pair of semi-detached houses and two small terraces.

The design statement says the applicant is willing to provide affordable homes and make a commuted payment as part of a planning contribution S106 agreement as part of the scheme.

Last October when the previous plan went before Fittleworth parish councillors, Mike Elliott told fellow councillors the Fittleworth and District Association objected to the proposed coalyard development as it was felt the planned three-storey dwellings were not in keeping with the character of the village.

Other parish councillors said there were already other three-storey homes in the village and pointed out the site was outside the conservation area.