125-133 London Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex

East Grinstead, West Sussex

Site Description

The property currently consists of three retail units, trading as a bar, an estate agent and a restaurant with five separately accessed flats above. Originally built as five retail units with upper parts hence the potential to convert back to its original condition. It is of brick construction under a mainly pitched tiled roof. To the rear is a large car park providing 19 car parking spaces. The property occupies a site area of approximately 0.31 acres (0.1255 ha)


Located in the town centre adjacent to the junction of London Road and Railway Approach and close to East Grinstead’s main shopping areas. Major retailers and service providers in the town centre include Waterstones, WHSmith, HSBC, Nationwide, Energie Fitness, Pizza Hut, Superdrug and Robert Dyas together with a range of independent outlets. Rail and bus services to London and the South Coast are available within 0.5 miles. Junction 10 of the M23 motorway is approximately 6 miles, giving access to Gatwick Airport and the M25 motorway to the north. East Grinstead has seen a number of town centre residential developments built recently, exemplified by Queens Walk providing 129 apartments supported by 17,000 sq ft of retail. Elsewhere in East Grinstead several office to residential conversions have been completed in Cantelupe Road and London Road bringing a growing population to the town centre providing custom for the town’s retail, restaurant and bar scene.


A pre-application meeting has been held with Mid Sussex District Council. The proposal submitted included: a new block of 10 flats to the rear of the site with 2 x 3 bed flats on the third floor and 8 x 2 bed flats on first and ground floors, with wrap around balconies and new undercroft parking for 18 car spaces. In addition, the proposal included the replacement of the pitched roof above the existing building to add a second floor and enlarge the existing accomodation. This would also improve the appearance of the property from the street/entrance to the town centre. The site is located within the built-up area of East Grinstead as defined by the Mid Sussex District Plan. Policy DP6 of the District Plan states in part that: “Development will be permitted within towns and villages with defined built-up area boundaries. Any infilling and redevelopment will be required to demonstrate that it is of an appropriate nature and scale (with particular regard to DP26: Character and Design), and not cause harm to the character and function of the settlement”. Minutes of the pre-app meeting are available on request.



Contact : Peter Randall