Planning permission has been given for 23 new parking spaces to be provided at Uckfield Community Hospital.
The delegated decision was made by a Wealden Council planning officer who said that while it was regrettable that a green ‘margin’ to the north east side of the site would be lost it was considered there would be improved convenience and safety to existing users with the new spaces removing casual parking in inappropriate and restricted spaces.
Uckfield Town Council supported the planning application made by the hospital League of Friends but councillors were concerned about the run off of rain water.
A response to the town council says the application has been amended to cover a permeable surface to deal with surface water run off.
The land to be used is on the east side of Uckfield, to the south of Framfield Road. It is currently grass verge to the east of the access to the Sussex Ambulance Station.
The car park is intended for staff so that more parking spaces are released closer to the hospital building.
An officer’s report says there is strong evidence of a shortage of car parking to meet the needs of patients and staff visiting the site.
“This is shown by casual and illegal parking around the internal road network, and indeed the verge which is the subject of the application.
“Parking along the access way to the ambulance station could impede the movements of the ambulances.
“Various customers of the site have expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of available spaces – including the case officer at a site visit in June 2015.”
Conditions of approval of the planning application include providing a permeable finished surface. A travel plan also has to be drawn up detailing incentives for encouraging access to the site by modes other than the car.
And a scheme of hedge planning is required along the north east boundary of the site.
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