Wealden councillors are being recommended to approve a planning application to demolish Hadlow Down village hall and allow three homes to be built on the site.
A report to the district council’s planning committee north which meets today (April 5) says the scheme “would make a small, but useful, contribution to rural housing stock, and result in minimal harm in the process.
“The applicants would ensure a community hall or similar facility is available during any replacement hall project.”
The full report for councillors can be seen here.
A previous Uckfield News story, published on March 16, 2018, about the planning application can be seen below:
Plans have been submitted to demolish Hadlow Down village hall and build three terraced homes in its place.
The outline planning application from Hadlow Down Parish Council – which wants to build a new community centre elsewhere in the village – will be considered by Wealden District Council.
It says the proposals are for illustrative purposes to demonstrate that a development of terraced homes could be accommodated on the site with little visual intrusion.
The village hall is on the northern fringe of Hadlow Down, at the junction of Hall Lane and Hut Lane, about 100 metres north of the A272.
Currently there is space for about 15 vehicles around the hall. The planning application suggests six parking spaces could be included with the three “small” homes.
Hut Lane and Hall Lane are described as semi-rural with limited width and being un-made, but with metalled surfaces.
Documents with the planning application says: “Vehicle speeds are low and the surfaces are shared between pedestrians and vehicles. Whilst no formal footways exist, there remains ample space on verges for pedestrian refuge when vehicles pass.”
Plans to demolish the village hall and build new homes on the site are linked to a scheme to provide a replacement village community centre.
This would be on playing fields at School Lane and while the overall floor area wouldn’t be much greater than the existing hall it would incorporate all the facilities which the existing development lacks and which can’t be provided there.
The documents say the community centre would be likely to incorporate the replacement of a cricket pavilion which has reached the end of its service life.
“A development of this nature will require significant funds in order to create the new facilities which replace and augment the existing hall.
“Therefore, the creation of replacement residential development at the existing site provides a starting fund towards this proposal and would enable the village to make the required contribution towards a new development, which is a pre-requisits of further external grant assistance.”
Documents say that the existing village hall could not be taken out of use until a replacement facility was made available.