An artist's impression of how new apartments for older people at Grants Hill House could look.

Council plans to build up to 67 apartments for older people in Uckfield

Up to 67 apartments for older people could be built on the site of Grants Hill House, in Uckfield, and draft proposals, with drawings, are due to go on display in town next month.

There’s a possibility that Uckfield Bowls Club which feared eviction from the grounds may now be able to stay there.

Chairman Bruce Webb said the plans show the bowling green still in place so members are hoping that means they will be able to stay.

Lord Lucan

Grants Hill House became notorious as the last place Lord Lucan was seen before he disappeared more than 40 years ago after the body of his children’s nanny was found at his family’s London flat.

The property, in Church Street, was later demolished and replaced with sheltered housing, accessed via Oaklea Way, by Wealden District Council but that was decommissioned as the accommodation it provided was of “poor quality”.

Studies showed the building would be expensive to re-model and redevelopment was a more cost-effective solution and now draft plans have been drawn up to provide up to 67 “high quality” apartments for older people, together with associated communal areas and landscaping.

Consultation on the draft plans for the Grants Hill House site, is being organised by Wealden Council, and is due to begin today, Monday, November 30, with a public exhibition due to take place on Tuesday, December 8, from 2-7pm at Uckfield Civic Centre.

Grants Hill artists elevation 2

Another artist’s impression of how the new Grants Hill House apartments for older people could look.

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