Plans for pubs in pipeline

The Pubb, Mountfield Road in Hampden Park March 15th 2013 E12034P
The Pubb, Mountfield Road in Hampden Park March 15th 2013 E12034P

Two Eastbourne pubs are facing a different kind of future.

The Pubb, the direlict building on the corner of Mountfield Road in Hampden Park, is to be knocked down to make way for flats and The Drive Public House in Old Town’s Victoria Drive could become a Sainsbury’s.

Town planners gave the redevelopment of the Pubb, for years known as the Lottbridge Arms, at a meeting on Tuesday night at Eastbourne Town Hall.

Developers will build seven one bedroom flats, two three bedroom houses, four two bedroom houses and one two bedroom wheelchair-accessible flat on the site with access onto Mountfield Road only.

The new homes will also have 18 parking spaces behind the site.

Although the application was supported by members of the council’s planning committee several neighbours in the area objected saying the new development would lead to an increase in the already heavily congested roads into Hampden Park and it was yet another demolition of a historic building in Eastbourne.

Supporters said the site was ugly and abandoned, was attracting anti social behaviour and needed redeveloping as a matter of urgency.

Meanwhile in old Town The Drive Public House looks set to close and be taken over by Sainsbury’s which will operate it as one of their Sainsbury’s Local stores.

A number of applications have been made to town planners seeking permission for alterations to the building including re-designing the car park, the layout and design of the building, ventilation units being installed and a new ramp.

But because of planning laws, the supermarket giant does not have to apply for planning permission to change the use of the building from a public house to a supermarket.

In a letter to town planners, consultancy firm Pegasus executive David Onions said, “Neither of the sub-division of the building or either of the uses identified would require planning permission as such changes are permitted by virtue of the above Use Classes Order.”

Applications for the pub have been approved.