SEAFORD: Fury after pub appeal upheld

PEOPLE who campaigned against a bid to redevelop the town’s last seafront pub have been left disappointed after the plans were approved on appeal.

Plans to build apartments on the Beachcomber site had long faced objections and previous planning applications had been rejected.

With the latest proposals being given the go-ahead, concerns over how healthcare services will cope have again been highlighted.

Two applications were put forward by McCarthy & Stone, which were discussed at an appeal last month.

Fifty care apartments and a building for 10 age-restricted apartments, all for the frail elderly, were the core of the application – with the first application asking for a mixture of three, four and five storeys while the second planned a six storey building.

The latter scheme was favoured by inspector Paul Jackson.

Leader of Seaford Town Council, Councillor Ian White, said, “This is a sad day for Seaford as the last public house on the seafront disappears to be replaced by housing.

“I am also particularly concerned about the effects on healthcare services within the town that will inevitably result from a development of 61 properties for elderly residents.”

Resident Bernard O’Keefe said, “I’m not at all happy with it, it’s the last remaining pub business on the seafront. It’s going to disappoint a lot of people.”

His wife Rosanne added, “I’m furious, absolutely furious.”

County Councillor Jon Freeman said, “We do nothing for the jewel in Seaford’s crown by doing this.”

Resident Paul Lambert, who was keen to look at other options for the area including a hotel, public house with restaurant and on-site brewery, said, “It’s a missed opportunity but the economy took a sudden nosedive and I don’t think the community spirit was there.”

Alex Child, director of The Planning Bureau, McCarthy and Stone’s planning consultants, said,

“In providing 51 assisted living extra care apartments for sale and 10 affordable apartments, the development will address two local housing needs and extend choice in housing for older people in the locality. It hopes to begin site preparation works quickly with completion and readiness for sales late in 2012 or 2013.”