Plans to provide day care for children disabilities on the ground floor of an historic Uckfield town centre property have been approved.
A Wealden Council report says a charity aims to help no more than eight children at a time – and more usually six – in the former Uckfield print works at Caxton House.
They would have conditions such as autism and the premises would be registered with Ofsted rather than the CQC because no medical care would be involved.
The maximum number of staff on site at any time would be six and the children would be in mainstream school so the use of the ground floor would be limited to holiday times and weekends, though the staff would be there full-time.
The report continues saying the proposed development would not have an adverse impact on the local economy, residential amenity or highway safety, and would promote sustainable development. “It therefore complies with local and national policies and is recommended for approval.”
From our original story on Tuesday, September 5: A former Uckfield print works could in future be used as a day centre.
Caxton House is already authorised as offices but the application – which will be determined by Wealden District Council – is to keep the offices but add another class so that the building could be used as a day centre.
The main pedestrian access to the property is via a footpath from the High Street between two shops, the former Noble Wines and Canton Chinese Takeaway.
A document supporting the planning application states: “This will be the main entrance for the office area upstairs. The other access for vehicles and pedestrians is located in Grange Road.”
The two-storey building, currently empty, has been in place for more than 150 years and was a print works in the 1980s and home to the Uckfield Press.
Last night (September 4) Uckfield Town Council Plans Committee agreed to support the application.
History of Caxton House
Thank you to Dawn Harker who has found references to the history of Caxton House in old documents and shares them here:
W.W. Townsend, Printers and Stationers were there in 1858, having spent ten years elsewhere in the High Street. By 1869 it was Uckfield Printing Works, General printing, Book binding, and Publishing and run by H.J.Whiting. By 1888 Whiting’s son- in-law John Brooker had taken over and were still there until at least the 1911 census. Uckfield Press are shown in a Directory of 1966.