An Uckfield company is seeking to build a new warehouse at its site on the Bellbrook Business Park.
Kennedy Hygiene Products has lodged the application for its premises at Brookside with Wealden District Council.
A statement accompanying the application said the 600 sq m warehouse is planned for vacant land adjacent to the company’s premises.
“For almost a decade, Kennedy Hygiene has been desirous of extending their warehouse facilities but the high cost of construction has made this prohibitive,” the statement continued.
Since then the company has outsourced a significant amount of warehousing leading to inefficiencies, increased transport costs and increased carbon emissions.
The parent company has now sanctioned the investment in a new warehouse.
Secure existing jobs
The scheme will not increase the number of staff needed but will help secure existing jobs.
The statement said the proposal would sustain the business in the long term, underwrite employment and allow the business to respond to current and future product demand.
More importantly, it said, it will avoid the possibility of having to relocate to larger premises which may not be available in Uckfield with either the loss of employment locally or creating increased traffic closer to the Ashdown Forest.
Town council welcomes project
Uckfield Town Council plans committee last night (May 16) agreed to support the application.
Committee chairman, Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, welcomed the application from Kennedy Hygiene.
He said: “I am really encouraged to see this application and the faith the company has in Uckfield.
“It may not be creating any new jobs but it gives security for the current employees.”
The plans committee also decided to support the following applications:
• A ground floor side extension, new dormer window to side elevation, internal alteration and replacement of existing garage at “St Austins”, Hempstead Road, Uckfield. The committee noted that the name shown on the property is Aubins
• Single-storey rear extension at 43, The Dene, Uckfield.
• Single-storey rear extension at 6 Tyhurst Place, Uckfield.
• First-floor addition, amendment to planning application WD/2015/0956 at 5 Keld Avenue, Uckfield.
• New house at Quarry Site, Snatts Road, Uckfield.
• Two-storey side extension at 1 Oaklea Way, Uckfield.
Wealden District Council approvals
The committee was told Wealden District Council had approved the following planning applications:
• An increase in the size of an extension previously approved at 26 Shepherds Way, Uckfield.
• Extension and alterations to 111 Nevill Road, Uckfield.
• Two storey side extension and single storey front extension at 52 Selby Rise, Uckfield.
Apartments plan refused
Wealden has refused an application to convert and extend 29A High Street, Uckfield to make three, one-bedroom apartments
Ridgewood extension plan withdrawn
An application for an extension and new garage at 8 Kiln Close, Ridgewood, Uckfield, has been withdrawn. At its last meeting, the town council plans committee had sought more information on this application.
It subsequently agreed to support the application after being told by the Wealden planning department that the new room was to be a utility room and not a dog parlour – an error had been made on a plan “by the agent”, a report to councillors said.
Note: Decisions on planning applications are made by Wealden District Council. Uckfield Town Council is a statutory consultee.
Members of the town council plans committee present at the meeting were:
Chair: Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Vice-chair: Cllr Barry Mayhew, Liberal Democrat, New Town
Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North
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