An appeal has been launched against refusal of planning permission to convert the old Methodist Church in Framfield Road, Uckfield, to three flats.
Wealden Council refused the scheme because there was no parking on the site.
It said this would result in “additional congestion on the public highway causing interference with the free flow and safety of traffic on Framfield Road and surrounding road”.
And the council said the highway safety harm would outweigh benefits of delivering the homes even at a time when it did not have the required five year supply of housing land.
In appealing the decision planning consultants say the council accepted that out of a windfall allowance of 100 dwellings in this part of Uckfield 93 remained.
They question why the area was designated for 100 homes if the council now says any further street parking is unacceptable. “Very few sites in this area would have the ability to provide street parking.”
In appeal documentation the planning consultants say the appellant and their architects paid a great deal of attention to design advice from the council, resulting in a scheme that was considered acceptable, in an area designated for additional housing of smaller dwelling units.
“They also managed to continue to incorporate highly sustainable building methods within a conversion and extension.
“The only remaining issue to be resolved was the parking arrangements. This formed the only basis for refusal of the scheme by the local authority.”
A new transport report is included with appeal documentation and the appeal statement says:
“This report provides evidence that any transport effects are in fact safe and acceptable, and do not detract from the benefits of the proposal for sustainable housing in an agreed area for development.
“It is shown that the previous busy use of the site had never provided dedicated parking facilities.
“The updated survey also confirmed that available on street parking was in ample supply, 26 spaces were confirmed at times when it would be assumed most dwellings would be occupied at night and very early morning.”
Read more about the appeal in documentation included under planning application reference number WD/2019/2715/F on the Wealden Council website.