King’s Drive site goes on the market for £6m

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THE controversial King’s Drive site has been put up for sale for £6 million. The eight-acre site has planning permission for almost 120 new homes and is being sold by the Chatsworth Estates and the Duke of Devonshire, who owns the site.

Being marketed by Strutt and Parker in London, it is described as being broadly triangular in shape with housing to the west and south and Eastbourne DGH and Sussex Downs College to the north.

It is also described as “an exciting opportunity to acquire a substantial site with outline planning consent for 119 residential dwellings”.

The site has been dogged by controversy since developers first applied for planning permission. A fierce cross party campaign was fought along with outraged residents from the Rodmill area and Eastbourne Borough Council refused the Chatsworth Estates permission to develop the land.

However, the plans were finally given the go-ahead by a Government inspector and although the Chatsworth Estates said it would not go ahead with plans to build the new homes, it would be selling the land with planning permission.