New hotel accommodation at an historic Uckfield inn has been welcomed.
Six bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms have been created from changing the use of two cottages at 91A High Street, premises trading as the Smokehouse.
A retrospective planning application has been made to regularise the conversion of the cottages.
Members of Uckfield Town Council plans committee welcomed the additional accommodation when they discussed the application on Monday night (July 24).
They agreed to support the application which will be determined by Wealden District Council.
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said it was “wonderful that local businesses want to expand.
“We are short of hotel accommodation in the town and they have obviously done their market research and feel the investment is worthwhile. I think we should do everything we can to support local businesses,” he said.
The committee also agreed to support a retrospective planning application for work in the rear garden of the Ringles Cross pub to provide s children’s play sees, setting snd pergola.
Cllr Macve commented: “It’a unbelievable with this [Smokehouse] and the previous one [Ringles Cross] that businesses go ahead and do work that they must blatantly know requires plannining permission.
Planned eatery signs criticised
“It is a shame they do not deal with it in the proper manner.”
The plans committee also supported an application to change the use of the former angling shop at 212A High Street for use as an eatery.
Members are asking for the signage to be reviewed because it is in a conservation area.
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, referred to an impression lodged with the application and said it “looked awful”.
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