A SCHEME TO build seven self-contained flats, described as ‘contemporary,’ has been recommended for refusal by Uckfield Town Council’s planning committee.
The flats would be located on ground, first and second floor levels. High Street frontages from number 39 to number 45 are currently occupied by gift shops and a travel agency
Committee members feared the project would be an overdevelopment of the site, increase traffic on an already overburdened road, provide inadequate parking and not leave enough space for emergency service or refuse and recycling vehicles. They pointed out the application does not relate to Uckfield Town Council’s Masterplan which it aims to support as a matter of policy. The Masterplan aims to to support a cohesive approach to the town centre and avoid the mistake of piecemeal development.
Members were also concerned that the square footage available within the town’s existing units are insufficient to encourage multiple stores and feel this development would impede future movement of retail premises within the existing curtilage of the building. They’d like to see this application decided by a District planning committee.