Town councillors oppose plans for former Uckfield hotel

The former Maidens Head – latterly the Smokehouse – in Uckfield. Town councillors are opposing an application for listed building consent to convert it into three homes and two commercial units.

Town councillors have opposed an application for listed building consent to convert a former Uckfield hotel into three homes and two commercial units.

The final decision on application WD/2020/0418/LB for the former Maidens Head – latterly the Smokehouse, at 91A High Street – will be made by Wealden District Council but the town council objects to the loss of accommodation.

It says there is already limited accommodation available in the Uckfield area and this change of use would result in further loss of facilities, especially near to the Ashdown Forest.

Key feature

It adds: “This building is a key feature in Uckfield High Street’s character and heritage, and any changes to the structure of the building would alter the street scene appearance and history of Uckfield.”

The council continues saying parking for the dwellings and commercial units would be limited and add further pressure to the High Street, and surrounding on-street parking bays.


And, it says, the High Street and Church Street, at the Church Street junction are particularly narrow and access to the already congested and tightly arranged area of town would prove difficult with increased vehicular traffic linked to both the commercial and residential units.

The date for a response to the listed building application fell outside the town council’s usual cycle of plans committee meeting and so members were emailed the details for consideration.

• Town councillors have previously objected to a full planning application WD/2020/0417/F for the proposals covered in the listed building application. See: Town council objects to conversion plans for former hotel.

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