Plans for arts education and training centre at Barnsgate Manor

The Ashdown Suite, (which can be seen in the foreground of this photograph) at Barnsgate Manor, could be turned into a creative arts education and training centre.

The former Ashdown Suite restaurant and function room at Barnsgate Manor could be turned into a creative arts eduction and training centre.

A planning application (WD/2021/0590/F) has been submitted to Wealden Council as the lease of manor buildings, in Herons Ghyll, near Uckfield, has come to an end.

A statement accompanying the planning application says buildings on the site are urgently in need of economic re-use. Some have already got planning permission to widen interest in them.

Prospective tenant

A prospective tenant for the Ashdown Suite, The Clay Studio, from Hendall Farm, Groombridge, is interested in occupying the ground and first floor. The basement is not included.

The statement says: “Clay Studio have an established adult education and training service in the creative arts, mainly, but not exclusively, in pottery.

“The intention is for Clay Studio to transfer from their present site in Groombridge.”


Hours of use would be weekdays 8.30am to 10pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm, and Sunday 9am to 1.30pm, similar hours to local authority adult education centres.

The centre would operate ‘school terms’ so would be less busy during holidays and half terms.

There would be a maximum of two 18-strong student sessions at any one time. There would be 14 classes a week, plus weekend workshop sessions.

Works to be undertaken are described as minor. They include the installation of roof lights, a casement window and removal of kitchen ducts, along with general refurbishment.

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