Former Methodist Chapel could be three flats

Plans to turn the former Methodist Chapel in Framfield Road into three flats are before Wealden Council.

They include an extension on the first floor to cover an existing flat roof. 

The former Methodist Chapel in Framfield Road, Uckfield, which could be converted into three flats with a first floor extension on the flat roof.

Of the three flats numbers 1 and 3 would have two double bedrooms, one master en-suite and a family-sized bathroom. Flat three also has a mezzanine level to be used for storage or as a potential study area.

Flat 2 retains the existing chapel interior and its stained glass window. It also has a patio area to the rear and three bedrooms, two on the ground floor and one on the first floor. A bathroom is proposed on the ground floor and a shower room on the first floor.


There is no provision for parking because “there is space available on Framfield Road and Vernon Road. Overall there is sufficient space in the local area to accommodate the parking demands”.

A statement with the planning application says the chapel was made redundant after Methodist and United Reformed Church congregations merged to form the Cornerstone Church, meeting at the church opposite the Applegreen service station in Uckfield.

The chapel was purpose-built with the flat-roofed church hall, kitchen, office and WC added in the 1950s.

Poor condition

The statement says the chapel is now in poor condition and “does not contribute positively to the street scene in Framfield Road”.

Originally Ecotecture, the company submitting plans for the site, considered demolishing the chapel and building a three-storey block of flats.

It produced two options for the scheme but pre-application discussions with Wealden were not favourable and so the latest scheme was drawn up.


The statement says: “The new building aims to create attractive, secure and energy efficient accommodation for the local people of Uckfield.

“The new flats seek to be of an appropriate scale in relation to its adjacent buildings and follow existing building lines to avoid any negative impact on the street arrangement.”

More details and images of the proposed development can be seen in planning application number WD/2019/2715/F on the Wealden District Council website. 

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