Plans to develop Eastbourne hotel’s car park

Burlington Hotel car park
Burlington Hotel car park

FRESH plans to build flats in an Eastbourne hotel car park are in the pipeline.

A previous attempt to build flats on part of the car park behind the Burlington Hotel was scrapped in January last year but developers have now put in plans to build 12 apartments on the site with car parking.

An application to build seven one-bedroom flats and five two-bedroom flats is now with Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee and will be decided by a committee of councillors in the spring.

The site is behind the seafront hotel at the junction of Elms Road and Burlington Road and currently used by the hotel for car parking for visitors.

A spokesperson for developers say the site is generally in a poor state of repair and does nothing to contribute to the character and appearance of the surrounding conservation area.

“It is also very inefficiently used and there is no management or control system in place, which means the car park is often used by non-hotel visitors,” said the spokesperson.

“The Burlington Hotel is operated by Shearings, open all year round and specialises in selling package holidays to the mature customer, through the Shearings network.

“Shearings has an ongoing requirement for approximately 36 parking spaces on the application site.

“The company would also like to improve the appearance of the car park to make it a safer and more attractive place for hotel guests and visitors to park their vehicles and prevent unauthorised parking.

“The site owners and their architects worked with various officers at Eastbourne Borough Council over a period of two years to prepare an appropriate scheme for the site that maximises its use, achieves a high quality design, addresses amenity issues and enhances the character and appearance of the surrounding Conservation Area.”

The site is already allocated for housing development in the Borough Plan but has been met with fierce opposition by neighbours living nearby.

The protesters say the four-storey development will overlook and overshadow houses in Elms Avenue and will lead to noise problems.