Bridge Cottage restoration nears the end

Restoration of historic Bridge Cottage is within touching distance of completion.

Work, backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund to the tune of £1m, is continuing inside and in front of the Medieval property.

Wealden District Council is considering a planning application from Uckfield and District Preservation Society to cover the planned uses of Bridge Cottage once the work is completed.

The society is arguing that uses it plans for in the future are ones which have existed in the past.

It plans for the cottage to be used as a heritage centre, providing education and training facilities, archive accommodation, meeting rooms, exhibition space and the ancillary sale of historical material and other fund-raising use.

In its application the society contends the use as an occasional venue for civil wedding ceremonies was accommodated without the need for further planning approval.

In support of the application, details of the licence granted by the town council to the preservation society and other documentation, which refer to exhibition and meeting areas, has been provided to Wealden council

Uckfield Town Council plans committee was asked to provide Wealden with any evidence or local knowledge of Bridge Cottage and its past uses.

They recalled uses for holding events for fund-raising, sales and as use as a community building for the town.

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