Plans to convert ‘hotel’ into flats given the go-ahead

A TOWN centre landmark is to be converted into flats.

The Elm Park Hotel in Cavendish Place has been empty for two years and much of the building is in a derelict state.

Developers have been given the go-ahead to change the building into a shop on the ground floor with 14 self-contained flats.

Town planners say although the conversion of the hotel would mean a loss of tourist accommodation, the building hasn’t been viable as a hotel for many years.

The Elm Park Hotel, a Grade II Listed building, sits on the corner of Cavendish Place and Seaside Road - the ground floor of which has been used as a bar, most notably the Cheviot.

Under the proposals, the retail shop will occupy the ground floor with four one- bedroom and 10 two-bedroom flats on the three floors above.

Neighbours living in Cavendish Place said the development will lead to even more parking problems in the area and they do not want to see another bar open within the building.

Members of Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee gave the plans the go ahead on Tuesday evening.