Former care facility to become underfloor-heated homes
The site of a former home for the elderly in Uckfield, East Sussex could be transformed into new homes equipped with underfloor heating and other eco-friendly options, if plans are approved.
Developers have now applied to planners at Wealden District Council to construct 19 brand-new residences around Charlwood Manor, an expansive property just off Uckfield’s Snatts Road.
If green lit, the location’s main building would be refurbished and converted to offer four individual properties, while another 16 homes would be constructed nearby within the building’s grounds. Six out of the 19 new properties planned would be allocated as affordable homes.
In the official planning statement that was submitted alongside the application, a spokesperson for the developer commented on the retention of Charlwood Manor’s main building:
“The principle of the application is to retain the existing building, as we feel that whilst not listed, it is nevertheless, an important component of how the local area has developed and it seems a shame to waste the opportunity to renovate it.”
Along with the underfloor heating systems that are set to be powered by heat pumps, many other environmentally features are planned for the homes proposed in the new development. Measures designed to curtail water consumption will be fitted, along with energy-saving LED lighting and electric charge points for electric vehicle (EV) owners.
All properties will be fitted with comprehensive insulation to make the most of the radiant heat emitted by the underfloor heating solutions installed.