Eastbourne vets surgery to make way for flats

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AN EASTBOURNE veterinary surgery is to be demolished to make way for a block of flats.

Town planners have given the green light for St Annes Veterinary Group in St Annes Road to be knocked down and eight self contained flats built in its place.

The property has been in use as a veterinary surgery on the ground and basement floors since the 1970s and there has been previous attempts to redevelop the site.

The latest application – put before Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee on Tuesday night – is to build a two storey building with four flats on the ground floor, three on the first floor and a bedroom in the roof space with six parking spaces and three cycle stores.

Nearby residents argued against the plans saying St Annes Road already has plenty of flats and no more are needed, and Upperton Conservative councillor Tom Liddiard also said the building would be an overdevelopment, unsightly and out of character and not sit comfortably in the street scene.

He said, “The veterinary surgery is a vital asset to the community. Many residents in St Annes Road, Hartfield Road and Enys Road will suffer loss of amenity and invasion of privacy if this monstrosity is granted permission."

Planning officer Jane Sabin said, "Redevelopment of large dwellings in the street has already taken place, most recently at the site immediately opposite the application site, which was replaced by a terrace of four three storey houses in 2002/3, and previously at the adjacent Kingston House in the 1970s.

"It is considered the building would not have an adverse impact on surrounding residential properties in terms of loss of privacy. While the

area is heavily parked during normal office hours, there is no difficulty in parking in the evenings and weekends despite the relatively high numbers of flatted properties in the area that have no on site parking facilities. "

Planning permission was granted.