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What's that building ?

On 8 Jan 2012 at 3:37pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
What's the yellow-fronted almost classical-looking building tucked behind the petrol station on Malling Street. The back of it abuts what looks to be an old grain warehouse opposite Chandlers building supplies. It's all boarded up. Just wondering if it's in use, what it used to be used for and if anyone knows of any plans for it ?
On 8 Jan 2012 at 4:16pm Old Cynic wrote:
It used to belong to the garage/tractor mechanics (cant remember their name) and has been empty since at least 2000 - shame its derelict - could be put to good use
On 8 Jan 2012 at 4:19pm Southover Queen wrote:
I don't know, but isn't the grain warehouse beautiful? I would absolutely love to get my hands on that.
On 8 Jan 2012 at 4:26pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
I suspect both are listed, but would love to get something going there - it looks like a perfect place for art studios, or, dare I say it, a cinema !! (see the other thread)
On 8 Jan 2012 at 4:33pm Southover Queen wrote:
I'm sure you're right and they're listed - the warehouse is certainly of considerable architectural and historical interest. Maybe we should see if we could get a little campaign going to rescue them?
On 8 Jan 2012 at 4:38pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
I'd be up for that SQ - first move is to find out who owns it - would be great to get access just to have a look around. If it's been unused since 2000 it will probably be in pretty poor condition. Anyone out there able to help with this ?
On 8 Jan 2012 at 4:46pm Southover Queen wrote:
What we need is a helpful councillor willing to make some waves at LDC maybe? The Conservation Officer would probably know what, if anything, is going on with them.
On 8 Jan 2012 at 11:33pm Paul Newman wrote:
Lets put on a show , we can do it right here!
On 9 Jan 2012 at 8:53am DFL wrote:
I'm assuming that we taxpayers don't fund the upkeep of these derelict listed buildings ?
On 9 Jan 2012 at 9:41am some0ne else wrote:
DFL - no, we don't. Not unless no-one knows who owns them and they are falling down and pose a risk to the public.
There was a planning notice up outside it eighteen months ago for Change of Use (but not residential). Can't remember anything else about it, I'm afraid.
BB - if you're up for doing some leg work, check the planning register on the LDC website. I'm not sure what the street address would be? If there are any recent applications you may see the owner's name on the documents. You can also find out who owns it by applying to the land registry. Costs four quid, IIRC. See their website.
On 9 Jan 2012 at 9:48am DFL wrote:
Shouldn't we be able to find out this info on a free FOI basis ? Land Registry getting money for old rope if you ask me ! Why not get the local council to keep a record of who owns what building, that way we can make the quango LR obsolete ?
On 9 Jan 2012 at 9:54am some0ne else wrote:
DFL - so what you're saying is that a government service which is run on at-cost basis should be free to property developers (who are the primary users) and an added burden to the taxpayer?

And a single-point operation should be distributed across a thousand local authorities across the nation, so that costs and inefficiency are multiplied a thousand times?

Sounds like a plan....
On 9 Jan 2012 at 10:07am some0ne else wrote:
It would appear that there is a relatively recent approval for conversion to retail units.

Check it out here »
On 9 Jan 2012 at 10:28am Brixtonbelle wrote:
I hope it is a conversion and not a demolition. The documents on the LDC site don't make that clear although I believe it is a listed building. Did you find any actual plans, someone else ??
On 9 Jan 2012 at 10:36am some0ne else wrote:
BB - No, I'm not sure why the plans aren't there. They should be. Pretty certain it's conversion not demolition though.
On 9 Jan 2012 at 11:06am Rods Tiger wrote:
Just thought I'd throw in that it used to be owned by Culverwells, don't know if it still is.
On 9 Jan 2012 at 11:24am Southover Queen wrote:
Is that both the house and the warehouse? (The link's not working, otherwise I'd check!)

It's fairly straight forward to check if a building's listed I think, as long as you have a proper address. I've linked to the English Heritage page, but I have a notion that LDC is supposed to maintain a list as well.

Check it out here »
On 9 Jan 2012 at 11:36am some0ne else wrote:
Here's the listing:

Check it out here »
On 9 Jan 2012 at 12:23pm some0ne else wrote:
The owner appears to be called Lewes Central (IOM) Ltd, a company registered in the Isle of Man.
On 9 Jan 2012 at 7:22pm U turn wrote:
First rule of scary building club...you don't talk about scary building club.
On 10 Jan 2012 at 5:59pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
The county council used to maintain a copy of the listed building register for all buildings listed in East Sussex.
On 11 Jan 2012 at 10:08am Tim wrote:
It was owned by Culverwells but i'm sure Caffyns purchased it for car storage.
On 11 Jan 2012 at 5:22pm citizen wrote:
So where are we at? We can ask any of our district councillors to investigate - Ian Eilloart is particularly effective on the planning committee and he will help us understand if there are any dodgy dealings going on...
On 11 Jan 2012 at 5:32pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
Is anyone suggesting dodgy dealings ? I was just curious about such a fine looking facade and whether it had any proposed uses.

It will be interesting to see what sort of 'units' are proposed by the planning app.

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