Residents jubilant as planners reject care home scheme

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LANGNEY residents are celebrating a victory in persuading Eastbourne Borough Council Planning Committee to turn down an application to build a residential care home in Larkspur Drive on the open space adjacent to Shinewater Park.

Planners heard representations, supported by a petition, from Langney Liberal Democrat councillors Alan Shuttleworth and Troy Tester at its meeting last Tuesday. Developers wanted to build a two-storey 24-bed care home with a new access from Larkspur Drive and a car park with 10 spaces at the front of the building.

Councillor Shuttleworth said, “Building on this site would spoil the character of this open space, would add to the existing traffic problems as well as causing disruption to wildlife and lead to potential drainage problems.” The committee had turned down an application last year, following a similar campaign, and the development was also refused by a Government Inspector.

Councillor Troy Tester said, “Shinewater Park has been identified as an area of archaeological importance, and building on this land could have a detrimental effect on the water levels. This two storey building would destroy the view over this park area.”

Although the committee rejected this application, the developer can appeal. Cllr Shuttleworth said, “We will continue this fight if we need to make the case to the Planning Inspector.”