Crowson House pictured in the days of Crowson Fabrics. Now it could be a print works.

Former Crowson Fabrics head office could be used for printing

The former Crowson Fabrics head office on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate, Uckfield, could be used for printing if a planning application before Wealden Council is approved.

Crowson House has been occupied by Pureprint since 2011 for warehouse purposes but now the company has applied for permission to change the use of the building.

Documents submitted with the planning application say there will be no external works to the building and the existing access, parking and loading area will be retained. It adds there will be no material change in the level of traffic entering and leaving the site.

The company plans to move two presses from Pentex, a building opposite Crowson House, and two more from nearby Beacon House. Forty-three members of staff would also relocate from Beacon House bringing the total number based at Crowson House to 86.

The planning statement says: “Since Pureprint obtained the buildings on Bellbrook Industrial Estate, there have been no complaints relating to noise or any disturbance from the enterprise.

“However, the relocation of the presses will mean the majority of the staff and the presses are located further away from the nearest residential development, and therefore any potential disruption will be mitigated further.”

It concludes: “The proposed change of use is entirely appropriate in this location and would allow for Pureprint to become more efficient as a company.

“There will be no increase in traffic entering and leaving the Bellbrook Industrial Estate and the level of short distance vehicular journeys on site between the three buildings occupied by Pureprint will decrease.”

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