Planning applications relating to Barnsgate Manor Vineyard at Herons Ghyll are before Wealden Council.
The last business which ran the premises as a wedding and functions venue went into liquidation in January.
A planning statement says a lease on the premises has now ended, with no likelihood of the business being restored, and as a result they are under-used and urgently in need of economic re-use.
“The intention is to provide a sound basis for marketing them for leasehold occupation.
“Given the planning history of the site it is essential there is clarity over the use to which the buildings can be put without the need for a further planning application.”
Two applications are before the council, one relates to the Manor House building and Ashdown Suite, and the other to a winery building and a storage building.
The first (WD/2020/1406) is to confirm the use of the Manor House building as an independent cafe/restaurant with a first floor manager’s flat, free from any integration with the overall planning unit of Barnsgate Manor.
The same application similarly seeks to confirm a change of use of the Ashdown Suite building from restaurant/function room to an independent restaurant.
No conversion works are proposed.
The other planning application (WD/2020/1411/F) is to change the use of the winery and storage buildings enabling them to be used independently for offices, research and development, or light industry, or storage or distribution.
All the buildings are accessed from a tarmac parking area in front of the Manor but there is access for vehicles around the buildings and a car park to the north. There is also an overspill car park on the exit road with steps down to the main group.