Town council objects to conversion plans for former hotel

Uckfield Town Council is objecting to plans to turn a former High Street hotel into flats and commercial property.

An application is before Wealden Council to convert the former Maidens Head – latterly the Smokehouse – into a mix of residential and commercial property.

Plans have been submitted to turn the cream building, part of the former Maidens Head, and latterly the Smokehouse, into a mix of residential and commercial property.

But the town council says this would be overdevelopment of the site and there is a lack of historic advice on the Grade 2 listed building, which is in Uckfield’s Conservation Area.

It says the building has been a public house, with accommodation at times, for more than 100 years, and it is an important character property and landmark.

It adds: “More time needs to be given to finding suitable occupants/ownership working to the existing usage/categorisation and not see available hospitality amenity removed.”


The town council says there would be a lack of parking for all proposed properties and the physical size of the entrance/exit in Church Street is narrow and nearby Regency Close is already congested on a daily basis.

The planning application, WD/2020/0417/F, proposes including a one-bedroom cottage on the ground floor at the back of the building with two commercial units fronting the High Street.

The first floor would be converted to provide a one-bedroom flat and a two-bedroom flat.


Extensions at the rear would be demolished.

The final decision about whether to grant planning permission will be made by Wealden District Council.

Read more about the planning application in a previous Uckfield News story here: Former hotel could be turned into flats and commercial property.

• The town council has also objected to plans for a new new house in the garden of 6 Downsview Crescent, Uckfield, next to Lime Tree Avenue. Read more about their opposition here: Plans to build new house in Downsview Crescent garden.

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