Planning inspector backs refusal for Uckfield flats

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A GOVERNMENT inspector has backed Wealden planners’ decision to refuse permission for five new flats in Mill Drove, Uckfield.

The proposal was for a large extension to an end-of-terrace, three storey building at the junction of the High Street and Mill Drove, just south of station. It would have had five floors with one apartment on each floor and a tall, gabled roof.

Planning inspector Nigel Burrows said the extension would appear ‘unduly assertive and dominating’ compared with the scale of the existing building and have an ‘overbearing impact on the street scene.’

He pointed out it does not provide off-street parking. And he quotes a Wealden report which says no financial contributions towards transport improvements in Uckfield were included.