Oldfield Smith’s professional department secures planning success

31st March 2016

The Professional Department at Oldfield Smith & Co are delighted to have secured planning permission for the conversion of the vacant shop premises in the Fernely Park development, to the south of Uckfield.


17 Baxendale Way, Fernley Park – planning permission has been granted for the conversion of the ground floor from retail use to form a 2 bed/2 bath flat

Working on behalf of our client and sister company OSAC Developments Limited, our highly experienced team have obtained consent for conversion of the property into a two bedroom, two bathroom flat with private parking.  Our work here commenced with an analysis of the earlier planning application, which had been rejected at both Town and District Council level.  Our Head of Professional Services, Bernard Smith, spoke with the planners to identify their concerns and find new ways to overcome these.

After redesigning the proposed layout and addressing deficiencies in the earlier planning submissions, a revised, comprehensive planning application was made.  The nature and rationale of the scheme was presented to the Town Council, who supported the application.  Approval from Wealden District Council as planning authority was granted earlier this week.

Bernard said “I am delighted that we have been able to find a practical and sustainable use for this prominent empty property.  Upon completion, the new flat will provide high quality family accommodation in an area where there is a shortage of housing.  It has been a very great shame to see this building lying empty for so many years and the development of this flat will complete the Fernely Park scheme”.

Our expert staff are able to assist with all commercial property and development matters and are happy to offer a FREE and informal initial consultation with no obligation.  If you have surplus space to let or sell, or land/buildings with development potential, call us now on 01825 762222.