Retrospective plans have been submitted for a pub garden to be built to the side and rear of the Grade II listed Blackboys Inn pub, at Blackboys.
Documents submitted with a planning application before Wealden Council say the new garden was built after work had to be done to replace a “cracked, crumbling and therefore unstable and dangerous” low brick retaining wall to the rear of the pub kitchen.
“Excavation of the wall to provide improved footings highlighted an opportunity to significantly improve the area to the rear and side of the pub as an enhanced and additional garden, seating and function area for use by the pub.”
Previously the land to the south and west was at a higher level than the pub and so was not extensively used but the new works enabled a new flat area to be created along with new blockwork retaining walls around the edge, new planting and fencing.
The documents say: “It has also presented an opportunity to tidy up the area around this part of the building generally and better screen the low buildings and activity to the rear of the kitchen. The spoil arising was retained within the land and deposited on the flat area to the south of the overspill car park.”
“It also opened up the area to the south and west of the pub and provided an enhanced setting for this part of the building which had not previously been appreciated.”
The Harveys pub, which is set back from the main Lewes to Heathfield road, the B2129, Lewes Road, is a former coaching inn and overnight lodge for drivers transporting charcoal from local woods to Lewes and other towns.
Parts of building there now are thought to date back to the 16th century though there was extensive re-building following a fire in 1993 which mainly damaged the timber frame and partitions on the first floor, attic space and partitions and three-quarters of the roof trusses.
The ground floor suffered severe water damage and secondary damage as a result of falling burning debris.