Old community hall to be demolished


Update: Revised plans for four x 3 bed and two 2-beds houses were approved by the planning committee on Thursday 17th November.

See Wealden District Council’s website for more info (Ref: WD/2016/1480/O): www.planning.wealden.gov.uk.

Old community hall could soon be bulldozed and replaced with housing (July 2016)

A planning application has been submitted to demolish the old community hall in Park Road and in its place build seven houses.

Crowborough Community Association, Park Road CenteOwnership of the old CCA Hall was transferred to the Town Council in February 2013, as part of the agreement to fund the new multi-million pound Community Centre.

Opened in 1925, the old building was the first headquarters of Crowborough’s Girl Guides.  After the war it was also the home of Crowborough’s Youth Centre.  An article on The Courier’s website explains the history of the building.

The Town Council have been waiting for the right time to sell the old dilapidated building to maximise the return to Crowborough’s taxpayers.  Now the recreational space, adjacent to the 160-house development off Walshes Road, has been agreed, this had the affect of “unlocking” potential developments sites in Crowborough including the old CCA hall.

The application is to enable two x 4-bedroom houses, three x 3 bed and two 2-beds to be constructed.   Two of the houses will be Afforable Houses (eg housing association or shared ownership).  It is assumed in due course, the Town Council will decide to sell the site to a developer with outline planning permission in place.

You can comment on the planning application via Wealden District Council’s website before 11th August (Ref: WD/2016/1480/O): www.planning.wealden.gov.uk.

Proposed houses superimposed on Google Satellite view (not necessarily to scale)




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  1. Good idea. I spent many an afternoon or evening in WEA courses here, enduring the freeze when the heating failed. It had a good kitchen though and enabled many to help in the serving of teas and clearing up after. My only beef would be that all the houses should be affordable. The site is close to shops and services and therefore ideal for those who can’t afford cars. If space is tight, terraces would suit. If height is not a problem, a two storey build would echo what’s next door. I’m in favour of mixed developments, not ghettos, but Crowborough needs affordable and starter homes, not mansions.

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