7.4. KEY FINDINGS: The Healthcheck Worksheets

iv) Environment

Crowborough is situated in a dominating position within the landscape at the highest point in the surrounding countryside. The extensive tree cover masks this from some vistas but the same tree cover also adds to attractiveness of the town. To the west and south west of the town lies Ashdown Forest while to the east and north east is the characteristic landscape of the High Weald – undulating ground with numerous small woods and a close field and hedge pattern. The town itself is tightly constrained by the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Crowborough developed as a town in Victorian times with smaller hamlets, such as Jarvis Brook and Whitehill also being consumed into the larger Crowborough during the 19th and 20th Centuries. The town centre has some older buildings of the Victorian era but much has been changed in the intervening years so that there are now of a variety of styles, architecture and age in the town centre

Cars and traffic tend to dominate the town centre with the main roads passing through or adjacent to the town centre and the large car parks adjacent to the shopping centre. The narrow pavements in part of the town centre and in Whitehill and Jarvis Brook areas make the conflict between pedestrians and traffic a particular problem in parts of Crowborough.

There are a number of key sites in the parish which are considered of local importance . These include the now disused quarry, Limekiln Forest, the Site of Nature Conservation Interest (NCI) at Ghyll. The upkeep of local twittens and public footpaths are considered important features in and around the town.

The sensitive redevelopment of a number of key sites within the town centre will be crucial over the next few years to ensure the enhancement of the town centre.

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