Howdens Joinery submits plans for part of former Trading 4U premises

Howdens Joinery have applied for planning permission to open a trade counter and warehouse and distribution centre in part of the former Trading 4U premises in Uckfield.

Two units, numbers 4 and 6 Bell Lane make up the former Trading 4U and it is the one closest to Halfords, number 4, that the proposals relate to.

Documents with the planning application, before Wealden Council, say at least eight jobs would be created if the use is approved, with scope for additional employment prospects.

They stress the centre would be for trade use only and not for retail. It would be open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and on Saturday between 8am and 1pm. It would be closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

A letter from Howdens Joinery, says the company has some 400 depots nationally and an expansion programme that envisages establishing 500 units. It supplies kitchens, bedrooms, bathroom and joinery products to trade.

A letter from the company to Wealden says: “It must be stressed that Howden Joinery Ltd exists to serve trade custom only and very rigid controls have been imposed to ensure that this is the case.

“To prevent retail sales to the general public, every user of a Howden Depot must prove their entitlement to trade status; being a builder, kitchen fitter, local authority, housing association etc.”

The planning application will be decided by Wealden District Council.

No information is given in the planning application about the other part of the former Trading 4U premises, number 6.

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