Plans have been submitted to turn the Rose and Crown pub at Fletching into a dwelling.
The Grade II listed building dates from the mid-18th Century and was a single dwelling originally and then converted into two homes in the early part of the 19th Century.
It was altered extensively in the 20th Century with external walls rebuilt and modern flat roof extensions provided as late as 1986 when the property was a pub.
The building fronts directly onto the High Street, Fletching, and to the rear there is a raised lawn. There is parking for more than six cars, with turning, so that cars exit in forward gear.
The proposals shows minimal alterations to the building’s fabric but includes the removal of the two rear flat roof extensions.
The relatively modern bar inside is proposed but little work is needed on the historic parts of the building. No external work, other than maintenance, is planned.
A planning statement submitted to Wealden Council with the application says the main focus of objection will be the loss of the pub, but “it is not considered possible to resist as other facilities exit”.
The statement goes on to say: “Submissions in the application are that the pub is unviable as a going concern, and that the outcome of marketing did not reveal appetite to continue the pub.
“There are associated factors such as housing land supply and the matter of the beneficial aspect of the combined package of works upon the heritage asset.
“Whilst the planning application and proposed change of use is controversial, the effect upon the heritage assets, including impact on the Conservation Area and setting of the listed building is considered minimal.
“If anything, the package represents a potential enhancement to the listed building through repair.”
The statement concludes: “The loss of the pub is regretted but weighing up all the issues, any adverse effects of the proposal are far outweighed by the positive aspects.”