The former Cannadines premises in High Street, Uckfield. The building's owner is seeking permission to turn the ground floor showroom into flats.

Uckfield showroom conversion plan meets objections

Plans to turn a former kitchen and bathrooms showroom in Uckfield High Street into homes has met with objections.

Uckfield Town Council has now come out in opposition to the scheme to change the use of a ground floor retail showroom at 37-39 High Street into four residential units.

Details of the application were given in this earlier story

The town is telling Wealden District Council, which makes decisions on planning applications, that it is concerned that problems over waste collection and parking will be exacerbated if the plan is approved.

A nearby resident has also written to Wealden taking issue with arrangements for waste bins and parking.

He said bins for homes that exist on the first floor were now in the lane to the north side of the building, next to the pub.

“These bins are often overfilled. They attract urban foxes and other wildlife and litter is often spread across the ground.

“They are also subject to fly tipping with extra bags, furniture and other large items being dumped,” the resident wrote.

Parking ‘issues’

At a meeting of Uckfield Town Council plans committee meeting this week, deputy mayor, Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town, said he understood that there had been ‘issues’ when the premises were used commercially over the ability to provide parking at the rear.

“I think there was a problem with waste disposal at one point. There was a clash with neighbouring properties and it was all very difficult. I would hope that would not be an issue if it was turned into residential.

“I also got involved because of the previous access issues, waste had not been collected for a number of weeks. It was ongoing issue for quite a while,” he said.

Rail car park 

Committee chairman, Cllr Barry Mayhew, said: “There is absolutely no parking there.

Cllr Jackie Love said document submitted with the application referred to people using the railway station car park.

“People are not going to park in there and spend their money. They are either going to park out the back, which will upset Frills All Round, and they could also park on the estate behind, which will annoy neighbours.”

The committee agreed to object to the application.


The previous tenants of the showroom, Cannadines, moved to new premises on the business estate

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