Plans have been submitted to extend The Seed House in Bell Lane, Uckfield, and seek permission for additional uses of the building.
Currently Sussex Beds and a furnishings business occupy it – and it is hoped Sussex Beds will remain – but the application is for a more flexible use of the whole to include shops/cafe and restaurant/veterinary practice and also residential.
The proposal is to divide the premises into three separate units, with one of them – that currently occupied by Sussex Beds – also having first floor space; while the rest of the building would be extended to the south and east on the ground and first floors, allowing more ground floor retail space and incorporating three flats on the first floor.
Documents submitted with the planning application also show toilets, ancillary space and a staircase serving the flats within the ground floor extension.
A refuse and recycling area would be provided for the flats on the southern end of the extension. And there would be lockable, secure, covered, cycle storage units next to the communal entrance.
Documents say the extension would be build on an existing area of hard-surfacing so wouldn’t increase the impermeable area meaning surface run-off would be as existing. Flood mitigation measures are recommended in a flood risk assessment included with the plans.
There would be no increase in retail floorspace and no additional car parking would be provided.
The planning statement says: “The proposed development would make the most efficient use of previously developed land in a town centre location.
“It would also provide much needed residential development and replacement retail facilities on the ground floor, whilst also ensuring that there is no risk of flooding to the occupants or elsewhere, as such the proposals are considered to be ‘Sustainable Development’.”
The statement says the scale of the proposed extension would be sympathetic to the host building. The height would not increase beyond the existing ridge line and the front elevation would retain the Sussex Barn appearance with a hipped gabled end to the south-east elevation.
The materials used would correspond to the existing materials to “ensure a seamless transition” between the existing building and the proposed extension.
Documents and drawings submitted with the planning application, number WD/2017/1973/F, can be seen on the Wealden District Council website.
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