Plans to convert a barn at the former Sussex Horse Rescue premises into two houses could be the “tip of the iceberg’, a town councillor has warned.
The conversion project for an agricultural barn at the site off Hempstead Lane, Uckfield, near the railway line, is seeking planning permission from Wealden District Council.
Town councillor Chris Macve opposed the scheme for two four-bedroom houses when the plan was discussed on Tuesday (April 6) by members of the council’s plans committee.
Cllr Macve said: “The site is accessed down a very narrow lane that’s not wide enough for two vehicles to pass.
“If you start introducing additional traffic, it is going to cause immense problems.
“I think we all feel this maybe the beginning of the further applications on this particular site.
“If this one goes through, I would be very concerned about what’s going to follow-on.
“The vehicular access is of considerable concern to me.”
He said Hempstead Lane was a popular walking route for people and recognised the argument that traffic movements associated with the rescue centre had been removed.
“I do worry that this is the tip of the iceberg,” he added.
Fears of a precedent
Cllr Spike Mayhew feared approval of the plan would set a precedent.
“If two get granted, that will be it. The flood gates will open and there will be 440 on there. We know, speaking from experience.
“We should strongly object to this,” Cllr Mayhew said.
Cllr Jackie Love felt Hempstead Lane would be unable to take construction traffic.
“The access, I think, is a major issue,” she said.
Cllr Duncan Bennett, who chaired the meeting, said that changing the use of the barns would “knock the nail in” for any possible future use for agricultural purposes.
The town council will strongly object to the development.
Wealden district councillors will decide the outcome of the planning application.