Eastbourne blueprint gets green light

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Eastbourne Borough Council’s Town Centre Local Plan, a blueprint guide for future development and improvement of the town centre, has been given the green light by a planning inspector.

At a meeting this week, Cabinet members welcomed news that the Eastbourne Town Centre Local Plan (TCLP), designed to deliver housing and office development as well as regeneration to the area, had been verified as sound by the external planning inspector report. They voted to endorse the plan and move it forward for adoption by full council.

Leader of the Council, Cllr David Tutt, said, “We are delighted our town centre strategy has been independently approved, a clear indication that our plans to bring new investment to the area will support new jobs, development and boost the quality of life locally. Eastbourne is a fantastic town with beautiful architecture and we are now one step closer towards realising the full potential of our unique town centre.”

The overall aim of the TCLP is to attract more shoppers, workers and residents to Eastbourne by linking different areas of the town centre more efficiently, bringing redundant buildings into use and investing in local projects.

The TCLP maps out proposed developments in the town centre over the next 15 years and sets out policies for the management of projects such as the arts trail. It promises to provide a guide for future development, showing where and how the town centre will grow.

The strategy has been shaped over four years by close consultation with the community and stakeholders. Council leaders are now confident that the plans reflect the wishes of both residents and businesses.

The inspector’s report has recommended only a few small changes to the local plan which will be finally approved by the full council on November 20 this year.