Demolished - The Cottage in Hempstead Road, Uckfield.

The Cottage in Hempstead Road, Uckfield, is demolished

The Cottage in Hempstead Road, Uckfield, has now been demolished to make way for four new homes.

Thanks to Al Pedersen who took these pictures:




A last look at the cottage before it disappeared:


And as it used to look:

The Cottage, Hempstead Road


See previous Uckfield News stories about plans for The Cottage site below:

D-day for The Cottage in Hempstead Road, Uckfield, looms

This planning application was approved on October 21, 2016, and a reserved matters application was approved on March 15, 2017.

Update on Monday, October 17

Demolition of a quaint cottage in Hempstead Road, Uckfield, could come a step closer this week.

An outline planning application to demolish the property and replace with four homes is before the district council planning committee.

Councillors will decide the application on Thursday (October 21) after the local Wealden District Council member, Claire Dowling, declined to allow the decision to be made under delegated powers.

She believes that it would be over-development of the garden land and will have a detrimental impact on the character of the surrounding area.

Wealden officers are recommending councillors approve the application.

They say the principle of redevelopment of the site was established when planning permission was granted for demolition and replacement with a larger home.

It is noted the increase of three homes on the plot “comparatively large” but adds the indicative layout shows that the houses could be accommodated in a manner similar to the existing pattern of development.

Earlier stories below

Update on July 24:

Uckfield Town Council Plans Committee has objected to plans to demolish The Cottage in Hempstead Road and replace it with four new homes.

Members consider the plan to be an overdevelopment of the site and have concerns that it would exacerbate the existing problems of flooding in the area.

Our original story published on Sunday, July 17:

Plans have been submitted to demolish The Cottage in Hempstead Road, Uckfield, and replace it with four new homes.

Two would front Hempstead Road and two would be to the rear of the site. There would be a new access road to three of the properties – two at the rear and one of those on the frontage.

The existing access would serve the other property on the frontage.

Each property would have two parking spaces.


Permission was given only last year for The Cottage to be demolished and replaced with another house.

Documents submitted with the latest planning application to Wealden District Council, by Mr Mark Duncan, say: “The proposed development should not create an unacceptable adverse impact on the privacy and amenities of adjoining developments and the neighbourhood by reason of scale, height, form, noise and traffic movements.

“The new dwellings will not cause any adverse impact on any adjoining or neighbouring properties including any additional overlooking or loss of outlook and privacy.”

‘Not unacceptable’

The council is also told that the proposed development “does not constitute an unacceptable backland or ‘tandem’ form of development”.

The applicants are hoping the homes could be built without nitrogen deposition implications for the Ashdown Forest. They say that it came to light “during a recent email conversation” with representatives at the council that there is ‘headroom’ within the Uckfield area for 17 additional dwellings.

Housing shortfall

The documents say that replacing one dwelling and building three more would make a contribution to the present housing shortfall in Wealden.

“The proposed development is considered to be sympathetic to its setting and will create significant enhancements in accordance with local and national policy.”

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