Plans have been submitted to turn the former Cannadines kitchen and bathroom showroom in New Town, Uckfield, to four flats.
Numbers 37-39 New Town form a two-storey detached building, with the ground floor previously used for retail – Cannadines moved to new premises on the Bellbrook Estate – and the first floor residential.
A statement submitted to Wealden Council with the application says that retail, and other similar uses, are no longer viable in the location.
Lawson Commercial marketed the property from January 2017 and a letter from the commercial agents in June confirmed the area was too quiet with not many other retail premises or significant footfall, though there had been some interest from a variety of uses including a newsagent’s, an Indian restaurant and a cafe.
The planning statement says the location of the site to the south of the train station and away from the defined town centre area of Uckfield means the building is undesirable and unviable for a variety of different commercial uses.
But, it adds, the site is in a “highly sustainable” location for residential units with strong pedestrian links to the town centre and bus stops near by.
All four of the homes proposed would have a single bedroom with en-suite, and a kitchen/sitting room area. Pedestrian entrances and access to the first floor homes would stay as existing.
There would be external alterations including the windows at the front and the introduction of a new door and two new windows at the rear. Side elevations would not be changed and the premises wouldn’t be extended.
There would be no off-street parking.