Work has begun on a controversial development to build almost 120 homes on land next to the DGH roundabout in Kings Drive.
Despite years of campaigning to keep the area free from housing, Bovis Homes this week started excavation work ahead of site construction works on the fields to the right of the hospital roundabout. It will be called Meadows View.
The land was sold to the company by the Duke of Devonshire and the 3.24 hectare site has planning permission for 119 homes, associated access and parking, open space, play areas and allotments.
As heavy plant machinery and diggers began working on the site, Bovis Homes confirmed construction work would start soon.
A spokesperson for the firm said, “Archaeology work has started ahead of the construction of new homes getting underway later in the year and contractors Archaeology South-East will be running open days and events for the public over the summer and autumn.
“We’re committed to working closely with the community and as part of the planning agreement we are contributing almost £400,000 towards local education and transport. We will also be funding various highway improvements including the introduction of a controlled pedestrian crossing on Kings Avenue.
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, who was involved in the campaign to stop homes being built on the floodplain, said, “I am very angry to discover that work appears to be starting at the Kings Drive site.
“We all managed to delay it for a good few years but, sadly, the developer is choosing to ignore the views of local residents and press ahead. Shame on them.
“I hope officers at East Sussex County Council’s highways department were right when they insisted, during our long fight against the development, that the additional traffic from 100 plus new homes would not present a problem. If it does as we all believe, I will hold them to account.”
Borough Council planners initially refused the application but it was granted on appeal by a Government inspector after a public inquiry and reduced the number of homes to 119.-