Francis Wallace & Chris Lawson – For and Against Downlands Farm proposed Housing Development

Downlands Farm has been the focus of housing planning that originally included 750 homes an industrial park and other infrastructure.

The plan was rejected by planners about 15 years ago.

Since then there have been moves to alter planning regulations and increase the number of houses to be built in Wealden, this has led to a new plan being put together for the development of 165 acres of Downland Farm to accommodate 550 houses.
Many objections are already appearing against the development of this site for ecological reasons (it is right next to the Lakewood Nature Reserve) and for its apparent lack of infrastructure additions.

Francis Wallace, a local solicitor and former President of Uckfield and District Chamber of Commerce spoke in defence of rejecting the scheme, and local commercial property agent Chris Lawson spoke in favour of the development going ahead.
Take a listen to them both in conversation with Tony Williams

1st Francis Wallace

2nd Chris Lawson


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