Update: Approval was given on March 26, 2015, to vary planning permission for land at the Ashdown Business Park.
Our original story: Fifty full and part-time jobs could be created initially and a further 40 over time if a national operator is allowed to open a warehousing and distribution centre at the Ashdown Business Park, Maresfield.
The figures are given in an application to vary planning permission given for the land off the A272, next to the waste transfer station, fire service training ground and traveller site.
The existing planning permission covers light industrial, office and café/restaurant space.
The proposal now is to vary the light industrial and office element to allow for 5,170 square metres of the total 22,300 square metres to be used for warehousing and distribution.
The land earmarked for the new use is Site 4 on the development. Click on the plan below to enlarge it and see where the site is.
The company interested in moving to the site has not been named in the planning application but is described as a “major occupier”.
Documents say contracts are being finalised for Site 4 and the variation would facilitate “major investment from a national operator”.
A transport assessment has been carried out which says that employment is estimated at 50 jobs initially but that this is forecast to increase to 90 jobs.
Peak arrivals and departures would be at the start and end of early and late shifts and would not fall within the peak hour use of the wider transport network and would not adversely affect the junctions on the A272.
The number of daily trips is estimated at 208 and this is claimed to be fewer than if Site 4 was retained for light industrial/office.
A planning statement says: “Ultimately therefore, the conclusion reached is that the proposed B8 use will have less impact on the surrounding road network than that predicted by the Transport Assessment and is therefore both acceptable in planning and also in respect of any potential impact on the Ashdown Forest Protection Area.”
• The sites on the Ashdown Business Park are being marketed by Lawson Commercial whose contact details can be found 24/7 in their standard listing in our Uckfield Directory.
Read more about the business park here: Agreement reached on the sale of two plots on Ashdown Business Park.