Only days to have say on Eastbourne development plan

MEMBERS of the public have only two days left to comment on an in-depth council plan that will shape the development of Eastbourne for the next 15 years.

A 12-week period of public representation will end on Friday December 9 before the Eastbourne Plan, a guide for developers and the community to show where and how the town will grow and develop in the future, is submitted to the government early next year.

The plan is also designed to 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, known officially as the Core Strategy, 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”.

The 12-week representation period has given people the chance to comment on its soundness and legal compliance.

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 and to protect the town’s green spaces.

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.

It is also available at East Sussex County Council headquarters in Lewes and at libraries outside the borough including Pevensey Bay, Polegate and Willingdon, and online at www.eastbourne.gov.uk/eastbourneplan