Sussex House in Grange Road, Uckfield

Parking worries over Grange Road office conversion plan

A lack of on-site parking led Uckfield town councillors to question plans for the conversion of offices in Grange Road to homes.

The application to convert Sussex House to four self-contained, two-bedroom flats was first reported by here

Last night’s (October 12) plans committee welcomed the application but declined to offer support because of reservations over the quantity of parking spaces allocated.

The plans committee also agreed to support the following applications

*Front ground floor and part new roof extension providing better family living accommodation in roof space at Rochdene, Lewes Road, Ridgewood, Uckfield.


*Change of use of first and second floors from flat (class C3) to ancillary retail accommodation at 100 High Street, Uckfield. The applicant is Specsavers Optical Superstores.

The upper floors are currently used as a two-bedroom maisonette.

A letter supporting the application said the upper floors would be used for branch administration, employee-only facilities and provide a larger laboratory and storage facilities.

*Single storey front ‘infill’ extension at Phoenix, 81 Lashbrooks Road, Uckfield.

*Removal of existing conservatory and construction of an extension and extend the roofline with the addition of a new dormer and to relocate a raised terrace at 2 Highlands Avenue, Ridgewood, Uckfield.

*Garage conversion at 9 Meadow Views, Ridgewood, Uckfield.

Planning applications are determined by Wealden District Council.

Members were informed that an application they had objected to had been approved by the district council.

It was for a two-storey extension at 6 Farriers Way, plus the forward extension of the garage and creation of living space.

Wealden said it came to its decision because the “street scene has a mixture of scales and designs of properties” and it was not considered the extension would “materially degrade the character of the street scene” in an area of “fairly high density housing”.

Severe impact test

Wealden noted the development would affect the amentity of neighbouring properties.

“The policy test with development boundaries is a severe impact.

“Upon careful consideration of this issue it is not considered that the change to neighbouring property amentity would be sufficiently harmful to withhold planning permission,” Wealden said in its response to the town council.

The decision led Cllr Mick Dean (Trust Independent, New Town) to question the purpose of a town council plans committee if its views were not heeded by the district council

Members of the plans committee attending the meeting were

Chair: Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North

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 Barry Mayhew, Liberal Democrat, New Town


Vice-chair: Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North

*The minutes of the previous meeting were amended to include apologies from Cllr French, which were tendered but not given at the meeting.

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