Plans for development in Seaford town centre up for debate

Artists impression of the Stafford Road site.
Artists impression of the Stafford Road site.

PLANS to redevelop part of Seaford’s town centre and create 27 homes will be discussed tomorrow (Thursday).

The former Caffyns site in the town has been earmarked for the development. Developer West Ridge Properties wants to transform the site in Sutton Park Road and has applied to Lewes District Council for planning permission.

If the plan gets the go ahead then commercial units for shops, financial and professional services, restaurants and cafes, drinking establishment or a hot food takeaway could also be created. The development would consist of two houses while the rest of the homes would be flats, with 25 per cent earmarked for affordable housing.

A communal back garden and car parking facilities would be provided as part of the scheme.

Members of Seaford Town Council’s Planning & Highways Committee will be discussing the scheme tomorrow night. Councillors will be able to comment on the application before a final decision is made by Lewes District Council.

The development is phase two of the Tesco and maisonettes scheme. Because of the downturn in the housing market in 2007-08, this part of the scheme, which included the shop and 27 homes, was put to one side.

The development is phase two of the Tesco and maisonettes scheme. Because of the downturn in the housing market in 2007-08, this part of the project, which included the shop and 27 homes, was put to one side.

Speaking on behalf of the developer, planning consultant Daniel Rinsler, told the Gazette recently that the client did not want to progress it but a number of months ago decided to get it moving again and that the scheme would create homes right in the heart of the town centre.

Referring to tomorrow’s meeting, he said, “We very much welcome their comments and feedback on the application.

“We very much hope the development is welcomed by the community.”

The site was formerly occupied by Caffyns, until it closed around six years ago.

Tomorrow’s meeting takes place at 37 Church Street, Seaford, at 7pm.

To find out more about the plans visit: www.lewes.gov.uk