Courtyard shops at Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Park, could be turned into bed and breakfast accommodation.
Documents with a planning application before Wealden Council say the shops are underused with a high turnover of tenants and their viability in the long term is not positive.
But ‘Boutique B&B’ rooms could compliment the existing business offering, and used by people attending evening live music events, held regularly in the Elephant Cafe within the main Trading Boundaries building.
The proposal is for 15 bedroom suites, with one of them to be used for staff accommodation to support the business.
A planning statement says Trading Boundaries is a commercial enterprise established more than 20 years ago and has been key to the ongoing retention and re-use of the Grade II listed property known as The Sheffield Arms, formerly a coaching inn.
The Sheffield Arms fell into disrepair in the nineties and was bought for use by Trading Boundaries who have continued to reinvigorate the building and the wider site over a number of years.
“The building complex currently incorporates a mix of uses. It is a quirky retail destination with the main established Trading Boundaries showroom located within the listed building with independent retailers in the courtyard shops.
Food and drink
“The Elephant Cafe is located to the rear of the main building and offers food and drink during the day.”
The statement says the proposal to provide B&B accommodation is prompted by regular requests from attendees for overnight accommodation and the lack of facilities evident in the local area.