Plans have been submitted to demolish a sports pavilion at Hadlow Down and build a community hall incorporating a new pavilion next to the old footprint.
There would also be a new car park and external works.
A design and access statement with a planning application before Wealden Council says the existing vehicular access would be upgraded to serve new parking facilities along the highway boundary between School Lane and the proposed building.
A children’s play area next to the highway would be relocated to an existing overflow parking area on the eastern fringe of the current cricket pitch.
The statement says the existing Hadlow Down Village Hall building in Hut Lane has reached the end of its service life. Planning permission has already been given to demolish it and replace it with three homes.
The new building in School Lane would replace facilities provided within the existing village hall and sports pavilion and be fully compliant with the requirements of Sport England, and the Football Association and English Cricket Board.
“Furthermore the project will encompass the provision of parking facilities suitable for a building of its size, and a complete range of access, parking, welfare and user facilities for disabled groups with specific mobility and sensory issues.
“The requirement is to create a more usable hall space which is not significantly larger than the original village hall, but which provides for greater flexibility in use.”
The new hall would have a permanent stage area, a large store for chairs and other equipment, a small secondary meeting room and a kitchen/servery.
There would be a large covered entrance foyer with pram storage area, male and female toilets, disabled WC facilities and baby-changing facilities, plus space for plant and equipment storage.
The sports pavilion element would contain two separate changing areas with shower and toilet facilities, plus a separate official’s toilet and changing area, a pavilion club room with small kitchen and bar servery, along with additional toilet facilities and a separate store beneath for grounds equipment.