Plans to demolish Charlwood Manor and replace with new homes are being opposed by the town council.
Councillors agreed to object to the plan when they met on Monday (November 16) evening.
The application proposes to demolish the existing manor house and a bungalow on the site, off Snatts Road, Uckfield, and build a “country house” encompassing two semi-detached houses to the centre of the manor house, two dwellings forming the side ‘wings’ and a further detached home in the form of a ‘lodge’.
Within the wider countryside setting, open space would be retained to the north of the site away from the existing buildings to allow for natural landscaped gardens, the application says.
As part of the proposals, a new access would be created and positioned centrally to the site.
The existing access to the southern end of the property site would be closed and replanted with trees along the boundary, resulting in what the applicant calls “an improved and safer access point”.
The town council plans committee decided to object, saying the development would create increased traffic and the location of the site entrance was considered dangerous due to it being in close proximity to a bend.
Conditional approval to this development was given in 2014 and renewed in 2017 (planning applications expire after a period of time).
Since 2017, there have been two further planning applications for Charlwood Manor.
An outline application for demolition and construction of nine new homes was withdrawn and a further application for demolition and five new dwellings was refused on appeal.
Charlwood Manor, once a “rest home”, was at one time was known as Downland House.
It is close to the Downland Farm site which is being proposed for a major housing development.