Plans to make changes to a prominent Uckfield town Centre building – The Seed House – have received partial support from town councillors.
Members of the plans committee last night (June 25) supported the application for change of use of the ground floor of the premises in Bell Lane, from shops to a flexible space which could be used for shops / veterinary practice.
Loss of retail space
However, councillors objected to the change of use of the first floor and part ground floor from shops to homes, as “we would not want to lose valuable retail space in this central location”.
Members also strongly objected to residential use as the area is highly liable to flooding.
The plans were first lodged in October last year and the town council gave its views on the proposals later than month. The comments were reiterated last night.
Since then, there have been discussions over the provision of parking spaces for any new flats.
The developer’s planning team has pointed how close the Seed House is to public transport (buses and railway), the proximity of public car parks and the provision that could be made in the private car parking area to the rear of Bell Walk House.
A final decision on the application will be made by Wealden District Council.
Here is our October story detailing the plans for The Seed House.
Since then the application has been slightly amended to the following:
Change of use of the ground floor from Class A1 (shops) use to class A1 (shops, sui generis (veterinary practice) and class C3 dwelling houses. To create a residential access. Change of use of the first floor and part ground floor from Class A1 (shops) to Class 3 (residential) use and side and rear extension to the Seed House, along with associated refuse and cycle parking spaces.
*This story has been edited to reflect the slight change made in the application, particularly that there is no cafe/restaurant mentioned.