Plans to add a nine-storey extension to a former bank have been approved.

The application for the old Lloyds Bank in Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, was given the nod during a meeting of Mid Sussex District Council's planning committee.

In 2021, permission was given under prior approval consent to change the use of the site and convert the offices into 38 flats.

This latest application, from Perrymount Holdings Ltd, will increase that number by 60 though none of them will be classed as affordable.

A report to the committee said the scheme would not be viable if affordable housing was included. Instead, the developer will pay £663,041 to pay for it elsewhere.

Councillor Eric Prescott said this situation was "a tragedy".

Chairman Christopher Phillips said he knew councillors would be disappointed but the issue would be looked at again once 75 per cent of the flats were occupied.

Another disappointment was the number of parking spaces being provided – 45 for 98 flats, only nine of which would be electric vehicle charging points.

As well as the nine-storey extension, the plans included a two-storey rooftop extension on the old four-storey building – which has already been built – a rooftop amenity deck, parking and bin and bike stores.

The plans were approved by six votes to three with one abstention.

To view the application, log on to and search for DM/22/2303.