Listed building consent has been given to make changes to cottages at the rear of an historic Uckfield High Street building.
The proposal to change the use of property at 91A High Street from hotel accommodation to form two cottages has been approved by Wealden District Council.
Various conditions have been attached to the permission including retaining the words: ‘The Tap’ within a fanlight of a door.
The homes would be accessed via Church Street and each has one allocated parking space.
No 91 High Street is currently vacant, having previously been run as a bar/restaurant [The Smokehouse].
Uckfield Town Council objected to the plan on the grounds of the loss of hotel bedrooms in the town centre.
However, town councillors have been told by Wealden: “The site was previously two cottages, and only became hotel accommodation in the recent past.
“It is not a particularly established accommodation for tourism use and is currently vacant.”
It went on to say Wealden’s emerging Local Plan 2019 does not contain specific tourism policies to retain tourism accommodation within built-up areas.
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