Seaford: Councillors welcome move to transform closed shop

PROPOSALS to turn an empty shop in Seaford into a medical facility for the town has been welcomed by councillors.

Living Words, a Christian bookshop based in Place Lane, closed its doors in April this year.

It had been established for more than 20 years but the decision was made to shut up shop partly due to the recession and the fact that a lot of people were buying online.

An application for the change of use of the rear of the shop to D1 - any use not including a residential use - was discussed by members of Seaford Town Council’s Planning & Highways Committee. The front of the shop will remain as A1.

Councillor Ian White said he understood the venue was going to be a chiropodist, podiatrist and shoe shop, adding he thought it was ‘an excellent idea’.

He gave his support to the proposal, along with Councillor Sarah McStravick who said she believed it would bring economic benefit to the town.

The committee agreed to welcome the plans. A final decision on the application will be made by Lewes District Council at a later date.