Plans for three one-bedroom apartments above Coral in Uckfield High Street, which were refused in 2016 and dismissed on appeal, have been resubmitted.
Currently there is one apartment split over two floors at 29A High Street, with a living area and kitchen on the first floor and three bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor.
The application is to extend and convert the building to provide the three apartments.
One would be accessed from the High Street and the other two from the rear.
The reason given for the previous refusal by Wealden councillors, and then a planning inspector, was the impact of the development on the Ashdown Forest which could not be mitigated for.
Now though, a statement with the planning application says draft Wealden Local Plan policies would enable the issue to be dealt with through the provision of a S106 agreement which the applicant is prepared to enter into.
The statement also says Uckfield town centre has a windfall allowance of 70 dwellings and it is considered that the net increase of two dwellings at the site above Coral would be accommodated within the windfall allowance and there would be no further impact on the Ashdown Forest.
The statement concludes: “The proposals accord with the development plan, and the emerging local plan, and, as such, development should be approved without delay.
“Any potential impact on the Ashdown Forest due to the site’s location within the Uckfield town area where there is sufficient windfall allowance is capable of mitigation.
“In light of the above it is considered that planning permission should be granted.”
Town council’s concerns
Uckfield Town Council plans committee last night (November 19) agreed not to support the application.
They said the plan was an over-development of the site and had concerns about access and refuse storage.
They also believed the allocated parking spaces – two, down from three – was insufficient