The former Crowson fabric shop in High Street, Buxted, could become a high-value sports car dealership.
Paul Watson reports
A planning application by Capital Vehicle Sales is before Wealden District Council for determination.
It is proposed to convert the rear showroom to a workshop to enable high-value sports cars to be checked and prepared for sale.
A mezzanine floor will be introduced on the eastern side to facilitate office space.
The existing showroom, lobby, offices and kitchen at the front of the building will form the show area for the high-value sports cars.
Customer car parking
Some cars may be displayed on the front forecourt but some space will be reserved for customer car parking.
Delivery of vehicles for sale will be from individuals which will either be driven to the site or arrive on a trailer, which can load/unload in the rear car park.
Documents submitted in support of the application say the change of use will reduce traffic to the premises and will not place any additional recreational demand on the Ashdown Forest.
The site was used as a [Shell] petrol filling station and garage before gaining permission in 1986 to become a furnishing shop.
*Buxted Parish Council is raising no objection to the proposal and is recommending Wealden District Council approves the application.
An application for the same site for an illuminated Ferrari sign is being opposed by the parish council.
The council’s is against the illuminated part of the proposal which it considers unsuitable because of the rural setting of the village.
It also said the council was concerned that the sign would be a visual distraction to motorists in this mainly unlit area.
“Neighbouring properties have already made complaints when this business was unduly lit up very early in the morning. The business faces directly onto residential properties.
“The proposed sign is not in keeping for the area and is considered to be excessive advertising. The parish council would like to make an example of Paragon Porsche in Five Ashes. This business which actually sells Porsche vehicles does not have any illuminated signs,” the council said.
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