Semi-detached house could be turned into two homes

A semi-detached house in Markland Way, Uckfield, could be split in two, if a plan before Wealden Council is approved.

Number 58 Markland Way was originally a two-bedroom property but it was extended to create a three/four bedroom layout with accommodation on two floors.

West Park Pavilion can be seen at the bottom of this Google Earth image. Above that, and trees, two semi-detached properties are on the right at the end of a cul de sac. The left-hand of those home is number 58 Markland Way.

Sub-divide

Now the proposal is to sub-divide it with the original part being number 58, and the the later extension being the smaller 58A.

A design and access statement submitted with a planning application before Wealden Council says ‘very limited’ external change is needed and ‘limited’ change inside.

Number 58 would be provided with two parking spaces while number 58A would have the existing garage and a parking space in front.

Entrance

Access into 58 would be via the existing front entrance, while access to 58A would be by the current side entrance of 58.

Each house would have a small front garden and there would be a new rear boundary between the two.

The planning statement says: “Visually the impact is minimal. There will be some adjustment of landscaping and parking at the front to create amended arrangement of parking between the two dwellings.

Fence

“A new division fence will be provided at the rear.”

It says the impact on the use of the property as two single dwellings, compared to one three/four bedroom dwelling is also likely to be limited.

“The number of vehicle movements will be similar and whilst adequate provision can be shown for parking, the impact on the wider road network is again minimal.”

Younger couples

And it adds: “In addition, the move from a three/four bedroom dwelling to a pair of two-bedroom dwellings will provide suitable homes for younger couples or down-sizers, which may benefit the community in general.”

• Uckfield Town Council has objected to the plan saying parking in the area is currently very tight and to create an additional dwelling would exacerbate the problem, and create more vehicle movements.

Detrimental

It said tandem parking spaces proposed would not be adhered to as drivers would park to avoid blocking in.

The town council also says: “To divide the existing semi-detached property would have a detrimental effect on the adjoining neighbour as, in effect, their property would become terraced. To make this a small terraced row would be out of character to the estate.”

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