Uckfield High Street: businesses plan changes

Changes are being planned by businesses along the length of Uckfield High Street.

They range from conversions of business space into homes, property renovations and a new atm machine.

Details of what’s planned were given last night (August 14) at a meeting of Uckfield Town Council Plans Committee.

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Former off licence in Uckfield High Street which is to be renovated

Members welcomed works proposed at 140 High Street, the former Noble Wines premises which will become a new home for jewellers George Moss, which has premises near Waitrose.

Planning permission is sought for renovations to the existing shop frontage, internal changes to the ground-floor shop level and blocking up windows to the side.

Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said she thought the proposal would be a good improvement to the street scene.

Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North, said the works would bring the premises up to date.

Councillors agreed to support the application.

They also backed a plan to instal a Bank of Ireland atm machine on the WH Smith shopfront, through the glazing.

Signs for a new gym at Bell Walk House, Bell Walk, also received the thumbs up from the committee.

Conversion opposed

A plan for the change of use on the first floor of 103 High Street from offices to residential was opposed.

The space is above an office formerly used by solicitors Dawson Hart and is now occupied by an estate agent, which has just arrived in the town.

Another objection related to a change of use and adaption of part of the ground floor and first floor from a private clinic  at 170 High Street (Circe Health and Beauty) to a one-bedroom flat, a two-bedroom flat/maisonette together with the conversion of the roof space for an additional two-bed flat.

Councillors had objected to a similar plan for the site in April because of the lack of parking in the vicinity and noted the new application increased the number of flats.

Garage plan opposed

An objection is also being lodged against a plan for 6 Ridgeview Cottage, Highlands Avenue, Uckfield, for a new driveway on to Eastbourne Road with a drop-down kerb and a new garage at the bottom of the garden.

A number of reasons to object to the plan were given by councillors, including the danger of creating a new access on to a busy road, the loss of visual amenity and that any garage would be a prominent and dominant feature.

The following applications were also supported by the plans committee:

  • Upgrade works to existing foul sewer pipeline to facilitate development land at Ridgewood Farm
  • A single-storey rear addition past 4 The Drive
  • A single-storey rear extension at 21 Manor End.

Note: Decisions on planning applications are made by Wealden District Council. Uckfield Town Council is a statutory consultee.

See also:

Sad as ‘go to’ shops disappear from Uckfield High Street, says Observer

Strike action considered at Uckfield hospital

Works starts on firm’s new Uckfield HQ

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