John Lewis has applied for permission to refurbish the car park at their Waitrose store on Croft Road.
The planning application also covers the installation of new air coolers and better access from the delivery area. The supermarket want to install new facades and LED lights.
The height restrictor barriers will be raised slightly to allow their new type of home delivery vehicles to access the roof top car park. The layout will also be rationalised to allow better circulation of vehicles by removing dead-ends. There will be dedicated bays with charging points for home delivery vans in close proximity to the warehouse. In total there will be a loss of 15 customer spaces. The application argues that with the current trends towards more home delivery, the loss of parking spaces would not have a detrimental effect on shoppers wanting to visit the branch.
There will be new trolley shelters, and finally the car park will be resurfaced, with new white lining throughout for the new layout.
A separate application is being made for new signage.
You can view the documents on Wealden District Council’s website: Waitrose planning application (Ref: WD/2021/0195/F).