Plans for a steam heritage site at Hadlow Down that were approved in 2009 could be amended to accommodate larger traction engines than those previously envisaged.
An application has been submitted to Wealden Council to add one metre to the width of a ‘leg’ of a building, reconfigure loading bay openings, leave out a window and change part of the roof line from hip to gable.
The planning application has been submitted by the Claude Jessett Trust Company for Tinkers Park, Main Road, Hadlow Down.
Permission was given in October 2009 for the renovation and improvement of existing buildings along with additional landscaping and additional ancillary buildings to form a steam heritage site.
The latest proposal says the additional space would also accommodate a larger range of exhibits, including machines currently dedicated to the museum.
Documents say: “The proposed traction engine shed is not visible from adjoining properties and is well-screened to the west by the hedgerow/woodland of Wilderness Wood.
“The proposed amendments do not significantly alter the presentation of the building and would marginally reduce its massing.”
A statement concludes: “The proposed amendments are the consequence of a better understanding of the nature of exhibits to be accommodated and those likely to be bequeathed to the Trust.”