Self-store on Bellbrook estate, Uckfield, hopes to expand

A self-store facility at the Bellbrook Business Park, Uckfield, will be extended if a plan before Wealden District Council is approved.

The project at Unit 37 Bell Lane (pictured) involves the demolition of an existing furniture repository and constructing a new self-store as an extension to the existing building.

Self-storage site

A statement submitted as part of the application says the original premises were one of the earliest developments on the industrial estate being a “renowned furniture repository and removals business owned by a Mr C. R. Turner”.

The statement explains the furniture in the repository is palletised meaning it is usually unrealistic to remove, or part remove, the contents during the storage period.

The growth of self-store means people are aware they can have regular access to their property during the hire period for as many times as necessary, without charge.

An application for a similar building to the same height of the self-store was granted in 2007 but never implemented because of the recession.

The statement states the applicant, Edward Baden Ltd, believes the time is right for the expansion of the self-store business, pointing to the growth of the town and the 1,000 homes planned for Ridgewood Farm.

Last night’s meeting of Uckfield Town Council’s plans committee agreed to recommend Wealden District Council approves the plan, with conditions surrounding surface water drainage.

Other decisions by the committee:

The committee recommended  approval of a

*A two storey side extensions at 1 Selby Close, Uckfield

*A single storey rear/side extension at 18 Lashbrooks Road, Uckfield

*A replacement sun room at Littlecroft, Buckswood Grange, Uckfield

*An extension to provide additional bedrooms, an enlarged and relocated kitchen/dining area, a utility space and a replacement garage, amendment to previously approved scheme at 29 Keld Drive, Uckfield

*Addition to garage and room above a first floor at 29 Streafield Road, Uckfield.

The committee recommended refusal of a two-storey extension, plus forward extension of garage and creation of living space at 6 Farriers Way, Uckfield.

Wealden District Council is the planning authority which makes decisions on planning applications.

Members of the plans committee present at the meeting were

Chair: Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Vice-chair: Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North

Apologies for absence:

Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Barry Mayhew, Liberal Democrat, New Town

See also:

Plans for 100 new homes at Ridgewood

Another blow to Wealden planning policy

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