A new care home is planned for the former Ridgewood Rise site at Highview Lane, Uckfield.
Permission is being sought to build a two-storey (part three-storey) home with 75 bedrooms.
The former care home on the site was closed in 2008 and demolished the following year.
Planning permission, which has now lapsed, was granted for the development of a new home but this is a new design.
Dementia and mental health care
A statement in support of the application from agents Carless and Adams Partnership said: “For the past 15 years St Matthews Healthcare has invested in the creation of comfortable, relaxing and supportive environments specialising in old age care, dementia care and mental health care.
“At present they operate a choice of six dedicated units, staffed by compassionate, experience dementia and mental health professionals providing expert, empathetic care.”
The statement concludes the development would “enhance this area of Uckfield”.
It would provide purpose-built residential care accommodation for the elderly in an accessible location and conforms with national and local planning policies.
East Sussex County Council sold the site
In March last year, UckfieldNews.com reported a deal had been struck for the near one-acre site for the site to be sold by East Sussex County Council so a specialist dementia care and mental health care home could be built.
The land was sold by the county under special powers contained in an Act of Parliament allowing for disposal at less than market value if the sale was likely to improve well-being. See our story here
Last night’s Uckfield Town Council plans committee meeting agreed to tell Wealden District Council – which will determine the planning application – that it supported the development.
Councillors are asking for time limits on working hours to avoid annoyance to neighbours. They also have concerns over the access road and hoped the developers would contribute to its improvement and upkeep.
Concerns over access road
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said the home would be a valuable asset for the town and would provide employment.
She expressed worries over the access road, both during the construction phase and when people were visiting residents.
A transport report with the planning application said Highview Lane was an unadopted road, between three and 3.5 metres wide with wide grass verges on either side.
“There are no footways or street lighting provided, although full highway rights exist over the carriageway and verges,” the report said.