Former hotel could be turned into flats and commercial property

Plans have been submitted to demolish modern additions to the former Maidens Head – latterly the Smokehouse – in Uckfield and convert the premises into a mix of residential and commercial property.

The cream and pink buildings which were once together known as the Maidens Head. Plans have been submitted for the cream section, 91A High Street.

A statement with a planning application before Wealden Council says demolition of extensions would de-clutter the rear elevation, and the oldest part of the building at 91A High Street.

The proposal is for the ground floor to include a one-bedroom cottage at the back of the building with two commercial units fronting the High Street.

The first floor would be converted to provide a one-bedroom flat and a two-bedroom flat.

The statement says the plan would have no discernible impact on the street elevation of the building although some repairs and maintenance would be undertaken.

The key changes would be to the rear of the site where the development overlooks a car park.

Two other plans have already been approved for 91A at the rear of the site. One is to convert former hotel space to provide two cottages. The other is for three homes to be built within the car park.

Former hotel rooms at the rear of what was once the Smokehouse which have planning permission to become homes.

The statement says the new scheme has been designed taking those schemes into account.

The statement says: “The aim of the proposal is to deliver a sensitive conversion, that retains employment uses on the majority of the ground floor and seeks to deliver a net additional two residential units (three in total).

“The application site is located in a highly sustainable location and submitted at a time of very low housing supply within the district. 

“The application is a positive re-use of a currently vacant business, and the creation of two small, more affordable houses at a time of high housing demand.”

More details of the planning application, number WD/2020/0417/F can be found on the Wealden Council website.

The car park, off Church Street, behind 91A High Street, Uckfield.

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