Plans have been submitted to turn premises formerly occupied by Carpetright on the Bellbrook Estate, Uckfield, into an automotive repair and MOT centre.
After Carpetright closed early in 2018, their building was split in two units with Toolstation moving into one of them earlier this year.
Now, a design and access statement, submitted with the latest planning application by 3D Architecture, says Uckfield Garage has expressed an interest in taking over the other unit.
It says: “Our proposal is to seek approval for a change of use of the existing unit from Class Storage or Distribution (B8) plus Shops (A1) to Class General Industry (B2).
The statement says details of any proposed internal alterations will be provided by the future leaseholder but are likely to be a reception area with associated service counter and office off the main entrance.
It adds that the new use will not be creating any more traffic movements than the previous one and, while the site is within flood zone 3, as defined by the Environment Agency’s Flood Map, the change of use will not make the situation any worse.
The site layout will remain the same as at the moment and external changes that would require planning permission are not sought at present.
The statement concludes: “Careful consideration has been given to the proposed change of use of this vacant building.
“It is clear that the proposals are appropriate and sympathetic to the existing building and that there will be no significant adverse effect on the local environment, the character of the landscape, or neighbouring properties in the area.
“The proposed change of use of this unused building is not contrary to the aim of conserving the landscape quality and character.”
Last night (November 11) Uckfield Town Council’s plans committee agreed to tell the planning authority – Wealden District Council – that it was in favour of planning permission being granted
The mayor Cllr Spike Mayhew said the committee should wholeheartedly back the application and support a local business.