A computer generated image of the main entrance to the new Uckfield College building.

Plans to redevelop Uckfield College are approved

Plans to redevelop Uckfield College have been approved by Wealden Council.

The aim is to demolish the main school building and develop a new two/three storey building at the front of the Downsview Crescent site on what is currently an under-sized rugby pitch.

There are also plans to put up another new building to the south of the site next to the Pamphilon Theatre and provide a new full-sized rugby pitch and multi-use games area in the centre of the school site.

There are conditions attached to approval of the planning application, and some are highlighted below. A full report on the decision can be found on the Wealden website here.

Read more about redevelopment plans in a previous Uckfield News story here: Uckfield College redevelopment plans revealed.

Conditions of approval

The conditions of approval include:

No construction work until further details of a construction management plan – covering public engagement during the construction process; a parking protocol for construction workers, the management of flood risk during construction and construction routing – have been approved.

Phasing for foul drainage works must be approved in writing before the new school development is occupied.

Details of surface water drainage must be provided before preparation of ground levels of the development.

Details of long term maintenance arrangements for any parts of the drainage system which will not be adopted (including ponds, ditches, swales, permeable paving, land drains) must be approved in writing by the local planning authority before the first occupation of any of the new buildings.


All external lighting, unless required for emergencies, or as triggered by sensors, must be switched off during night time hours set out within a written protocol to be submitted to, and approved by, the local authority.

The College Travel Plan must be subject to a review and include “the most up to date incentives for encouraging access to the site by modes other than the car” before the new main building is used.

There are also conditions relating to landscaping, preservation of trees and hedges, ecology, and building materials.

Car parking

The council has specified that all 187 car parking spaces shown on approved plans must be provided and made available for use for cars to be parked on completion of the project.

And the council says that before 26 car parking spaces, currently near the Downsview Crescent access, are removed the developer must submit a scheme for provision of temporary car parking spaces within, or adjacent to, the site.

All other parking spaces must remain available for use for the duration of the building works and be retained for use associated with the school and leisure centre afterwards.

The condition of the surrounding highway network, particularly the approach road from Southview Drive and Downsview Crescent has to be surveyed and any damage caused as a direct consequence of the construction traffic has to be put right.

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