SEAFORD: Decision in March on golf clubhouse plan

A DECISION on whether controversial plans for a new function room in Seaford can go ahead will be made on March 16.

Residents have been angered by the proposals which would see the current clubhouse at Seaford Head Golf Course demolished and replaced with a new two-storey building.

Homeowners have labelled the design as ‘ugly’, said it was too big and that they were not properly consulted on the plans.

The course, based at Southdown Road, is owned by Seaford Town Council which has argued that a more up-to-date facility is needed at the premises, which would incorporate a function room.

The preferred design, which architects had estimated would cost £1.3million, has not been supported by everyone in the community.

While they realise the need for a replacement clubhouse they also feel the building is not in keeping with the environment and will ruin the area. Concerns over the potential noise from functions and an increase in traffic were also raised.

The application has been submitted to Lewes District Council and is similar to the one viewed a few months ago with a few amendments. It is expected the function area will seat approximately 130 people.

Despite controversy over the application one Seafordian welcomed the idea of a new clubhouse and said there was little to dispute at the public display and a number of energy-saving features were included in the plans at the exhibition.

The application will be discussed by the Planning Applications Committee of Lewes District Council on February 2 at Pelham House in Lewes.