Planning upset over Old Town development

Upwick Rd Development SUS-150801-110711001
Upwick Rd Development SUS-150801-110711001

An Old Town development continues to be surrounded by controversy after town planners turned down amended plans.

Six houses are currently under construction on land behind Upwick Road – despite objections from neighbours – and a latest proposal to make the first floors bigger by a metre failed at a meeting of Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee last week.

Councillors said they felt the proposed amendment to the houses to extend the first floor would make it an over development and committee chairman and Old Town councillor John Ungar called it ‘a metre too far’.

The council and developers have been at loggerheads over the site, which used to be a block of garages, since a government inspector approved the plans after Eastbourne turned them down in 2011.

Residents living in Upwick Road and Dillingburgh Road also say the council’s planning department has not enforced conditions which called for trees to have protective fencing round them and a new access to a flat on the edge of the development to be built before the development began – neither of which has happened.

A spokesperson at Eastbourne Borough Council said, “In regard to Upwick Road, the council was made aware of potential breaches of planning control on the development site and these were investigated.

“The developer was reminded of the conditions and they are now complying with them in all reasonable respects.”

The spokesperson said a number of factors were examined when considering whether to undertake enforcement action.