George Rose premises at Buxted. Part, plus an extension, is to be converted to two flats.

Part of George Rose premises at Buxted could be turned into flats

Plans have been submitted to convert part of the George Rose tool hire premises in Buxted, and an extension, to two flats.

The company is planning to discontinue its hire and servicing of tools for professional builders and landscaping contractors while maintaining a small sales showroom and two offices above at the front of the premises.

Distribution of propane, butane and industrial gasses from the rear of the premises will continue.

George Rose has recorded an average of 200 vehicle movements to and from the premises each month, that’s 400 in total.

It says movements generated by the conversion to two flats is unlikely to exceed two a day per flat, eight outgoing and returning, a maximum of 40 a month.

Planning documents before Wealden Council say this shows “a drastic reduction in traffic movement” as a result of the development.

They add that the figures do not take into consideration traffic generated as a result of machinery and tool repairs which will cease as a result of the conversion.

“It should also be noted that as the flats will be in close proximity to the railway station at Buxted, they would suit persons who commute to London by train and do not have motorised vehicles.”

The planning statement says that there is ample parking on land owned by George Rose.

Materials for the extension would match those on the existing building and the ground floor flat will have a small external amenity space at the end of the building.

The statement says access to the site from Buxted High Street is via land partly owned by The Buxted Inn, and the appropriate planning notice will be submitted to the current owners.

“As previously mentioned the two offices and showroom at the High Street end of the building will be retained without a change of use.”

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