Council approves 15-year town development plan

AN IN-DEPTH plan that will shape the development of Eastbourne for the next 15 years has been approved by council leaders.

The Eastbourne Plan will become a guide for developers and the community to show where and how the town will grow and develop in the future.

It will also assist decision makers to understand what is likely to be considered acceptable by way of proposed developments.

Its main vision is that by 2027 Eastbourne will be a “premier coastal and seaside destination within an enhanced green setting”.

A number of key objectives are laid out in the 149-page plan to ensure Eastbourne is a “safe, thriving, healthy and vibrant community with excellent housing, education and employment choices, actively responding to the effects of climate change”.

At a full council meeting earlier this month, members voted to approve the plan, technically entitled the Core Strategy.

It will now be open to a 12 week period of public representation, during which people can make final representations on its soundness and legal compliance, and will then be submitted to the government early next year.

Eastbourne Borough Council leader David Tutt, said, “We are determined to ensure that Eastbourne retains its reputation as a premier seaside destination and a healthy and thriving place to live and work, and this plan is crucial in that process.

“The plan has been shaped over the last five years by a huge amount of public consultation and as a result, what we have arrived at is a robust and deliverable strategy that will allow the town to evolve and grow while never losing its heritage, outstanding environmental quality or tourism appeal.

“Delivering new housing, better employment opportunities, first class education, a stronger economy and a healthy community underpin the purpose of the plan and we are committed to achieving these aspirational objectives.”

Among the chief aims of the plan is to stimulate regeneration and renewal of the town centre, to deliver sufficient improvements to community facilities across the town but particularly at Sovereign Harbour and to protect the town’s green spaces.

The majority of housing highlighted in the plan is proposed for land that has already been developed.

The plan will be available to view until December 9 at the council offices at 1 Grove Road, the Town Hall, the central library, and some smaller town libraries, and online at www.eastbourne.gov.uk/eastbourneplan.