End of an era for Blackboys hostel?

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Blackboys’ famous former YHA youth hostel could become a home.

A planning application has been lodged with Wealden District Council to convert the building in Gun Road.

The hostel is currently described as ‘an ideal retreat from modern living’. The wooden building called The Glade offers self-catering accommodation in family sized rooms, a lounge-dining room with wood burning stove and is set in an acre of its own grounds. It is close to the intersection of long-distance walking routes such as The Weald and Vanguard Ways. There has been local opposition to the scheme with objectors saying the area has limited alternative options for people who want to visit on a budget.