Plans to demolish the former Crown Inn at Blackboys and build eight homes on the site are before Wealden Council.
A change of use application has previously been approved for the building allowing it to be converted to six residential units from its current office use.
But a statement, submitted with the latest planning application, says architectural, structural and historic investigations of the existing building say the structure and layout would be difficult to adapt convert to viable residential units of modern standards.
It says: “The preferred design adopted for the application requires demolition of the existing building.
“However, the proposed scheme will reflect the history and the spirit of the site and its setting in the village.
“It will also provide an exemplar of contemporary, practical, and energy efficient housing units for future residents.”
The new homes in the latest plan would be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom contemporary homes. Three family size homes, one detached, two semi-detached, would be at the back of the site and five would form a terrace at the front.
The statement says the site layout would include a new car parking courtyard, with space for 16 cars, public, and private, landscaped amenity and the retention of a large feature oak tree to the north east corner of the site.
The planning application number is WD/2019/1903/F. It can be seen on the Wealden Council website.