Proposed Planning Application for East Grinstead House

As the largest independent business Association within East Grinstead we were very alarmed to see the recent set of four concurrent planning applications made by Galliard Homes at the East Grinstead House very large office complex in Wood Street.

We realise that all four applications have been made under the Town & Country Planning
( General Permitted Development ) Order 2015 that only requires a prior approval process from the planning authority.

These applications seek to change the use class from B1( a ) Office to residential.

The scale of the applications taken together at 12,000 square metres or 128,000 square feet are a totally unacceptable loss of existing good quality office accommodation situated in the centre of our town.

There are seven existing long standing large and well known successful local businesses that have live leases running – and in combination employ around 1,000 people.

East Grinstead has lost nearly all of its existing office floor area during the past ten years due to similar applications to convert into small residential apartments.

The EGBA have objected to all four applications on the basis of an unacceptable loss of business accommodation stock – and without any future plans to in part or whole to replace such essential capacity.

If you too wish to put your objections forward please contact Mid Sussex District Council below explaining succinctly why you are opposed to this change of use.


Author: fiona bewers
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