Hotel bedrooms that were part of the Smokehouse Bar and Grill at the top of Uckfield High Street could be turned back into the two cottages they once were.
A planning application has been submitted to Wealden Councillors with a report which says the business at 91A High Street was struggling when the hotel accommodation was introduced in 2016.
It did not improve the success of the business which closed in November 2018.
The report says the current owners wish to invest in the site beginning with the car park side, accessed from Church Street, where the Victorian ‘cottages’ are located.
It says: “The applications are simply seeking to revert the hotel accommodation back to cottages and create small garden areas associated with each unit.
“There are very few other changes sought as part of the conversion, as the works to create the hotel space are so recent.”
Going further back in time the report says the two cottages were once a building known as the Brewery Tap, and associated with serving beers from an individual local brewer.
“The use was most likely associated with the Maiden Head Hotel. However, that use is long extinguished, and since the 1948 Town & Country Planning Act, the building has been in residential use.”
The site falls within the Uckfield Town Conservation Area and is within the setting of a Grade II Listed Building – the former Maidens Head – and the buildings themselves are “curtilage listed”. There are also a number of other listed buildings near the site.
The report adds: “As the buildings were previously in residential use and the existing use is a residential-type use, it is clear there would be no harm to any heritage asset arising from the development.”
For the future the report says the applicant has long-term plans for the former Smokehouse at 91A High Street with commercial occupants being sought for the ground floor of the building.