SOLD - Redundant chapel situated in the heart of the Ashdown Forest. Suitable for a variety of uses. Residential conversion refused on Appeal. Located close to A22.
| MAIN HALL/OFFICE | STORE | KITCHEN | CLOAKROOM |
SITUATION: Located in a rural location off Cackle Street in the heart of the Ashdown Forest. Nutley village is approximately one mile distant, the nearest main towns are Uckfield, East Grinstead and Crowborough. Gatwick Airport and the M23/M25 can normally be reached by road in about 45 minutes.
HISTORY: Forest Hall was built in 1893 as a purpose-built chapel/meeting house. This use continued uninterrupted until October 2019 when worship there ceased. The building has also been used as Sunday school classroom and permission was granted for an extension in 1960. Planning permission was granted in 2009 for an extension to the kitchen and to provide disabled w.c. facilities.
ACCOMMODATION: The premises comprise a single storey property with brick elevations under a tiled roof which has been well maintained and offers the following:
PORCH: leading to:
MAIN HALL/OFFICE: 34'3 x 18'3 (10.4m x 5.6m), 625 sq. ft (58.1 sq. m). Attractive vaulted ceiling with feature beams, carpeted, radiators.
Door with steps to:
STORE: 11'9 x 9' (3.6m x 2.7m), 106 sq. ft ((.8 sq. m).
From the Main hall is access to:
KITCHEN: 9' x 11'3 (2.7m x 3.4m), 101 sq. ft (9.4 sq m). U-shaped worktop with cupboard and drawers under providing good, modern facilities. Door to:
CLOAKROOM: Comprising disabled compliant w.c. with hand basin plus separate w.c., also with hand basin.
TOTAL OVERALL FLOOR AREA 832 SQ FT (77.3 SQ M)
OUTSIDE: To the front, side and rear of the property is a small garden. There is an external store for the oil boiler and an oil tank. There is the potential to remove some of the hedging and fencing to create car parking within the curtilage. Previously car parking took place in the lane.
PLANNING: Under Application No. WD/2020/1973/F an application was submitted for conversion of a redundant chapel to a new dwelling. This was refused in January 2021. An appeal was lodged under Ref. No APP/C1435/W/21/3271303. The appeal was lost. Full information is on Wealden District Council's website where copies of the decision notices are available.
RATES: Local Authority: Wealden. The property does not appear to be rated.
EPC = It is believed that an energy performance certificate is not required.
COUNCIL TAX: Not Applicable.
DIRECTIONS: Situated close to the A22. From Maresfield follow the A22 towards Nutley and before Giggles public house is a sign on the righthand side to Cackle Street. On turning on to that road there is a rough track/lane immediately to the left down which are a number of buildings with this being the first.