Plans for former Caffyn’s site in Eastbourne approved

An artist's impression of how the new development will look on the corner of The Avenue and Upperton Road SUS-151028-124227001

An artist's impression of how the new development will look on the corner of The Avenue and Upperton Road SUS-151028-124227001

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The former Caffyn’s site in Eastbourne town centre is to have a new lease of life.

Town planners gave the green light last night (Tuesday) to demolish the old building and put in its place a retirement complex of 61 apartments.

They also unveiled an artist’s impression of how it will look when completed.-

The decision was made by Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee.

The development will go ahead through retirement lifestyle house builder Churchill Retirement Living.

The company says the one and two bedroom retirement housing development will provide “attractive, high quality, self-contained apartments in landscaped grounds”.

The site has been derelict and boarded up for several years.

Andrew Burgess at Churchill Retirement Living said, “The design has been carefully developed to ensure it will be an attractive addition which will help regenerate the area.

“The design gained specific praise from members of the planning committee who consider it will be a land mark building when entering the town centre.

“The committee recognised the many benefits of the proposal including the opportunity for older people to downsize and release family housing to the market and the significant need for retirement housing, and the superb location in Eastbourne.

“We’re delighted the committee recognised our plans are carefully designed to relate sensitively to the surrounding area.

“This is an accessible and sustainable location and future residents will be able to walk to shops and services in Eastbourne. The construction will get underway within the next six months.”

Mr Burgess said the 61 retirement apartments will meet existing and future need in the area and will provide key benefits which allows older people to downsize and free up under occupied houses in the local area for families, provides elderly residents with safety, security and companionship, benefit what it calls the “basket shopping economy” as its central location encourages residents to shop locally, provides an attractive, bespoke building which complement the existing streetscape, creates efficiencies by allowing health and social services practitioners to visit several residents at once, leading to a more effective use of public resources and reduces the need to travel by car, due to proximity to local facilities.

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