Uckfield Town Council has objected to the design of a new shop sign, proposed in a planning application for 41 High Street, saying it looks ‘garish’ in a conservation area.
Illustrations submitted with the planning application show a Subway sign on the building. The proposal is for an illuminated advertisement fascia and a new illuminated hanging sign.
Another application has been submitted for two louvres and four condensers on the back of the building and while the town council resolved to support this application they pointed out there had been no application for change of use of the building.
An Uckfield resident has also objected to the signs. Mr Chris Partridge of Oakwood drive said locating such a business on the High Street would cause more issues with parking and traffic.
He said: “Aside from the lack of legitimate spaces available, it will also attract more illegal parking which will cause more traffic delays and potential danger for pedestrians.
“Subway is also something the town does not need. It will also threaten other, small, local businesses which, in turn, will mean more empty shops and less choice in town.”
A heritage statement says the proposed advertisements would not detract from the conservation area and would be in keeping with the remainder of this part of the conservation area, which sees ground floors forming typical shop fronts with the relevant advertising paraphernalia, which is part and parcel of retail uses.
The statement adds that the rear elevation makes no contribution to the character of the Uckfield Conservation Area.
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