SEAFORD: Hearing follows refusal of Beachcomber site plans

The Beachcomber pub
The Beachcomber pub

A HEARING is being held in Seaford next week after plans to redevelop a seafront pub were turned down.

The proposals, for McCarthy & Stone, are one of several that have been submitted over recent years in relation to the Beachcomber site.

The most recent is proposals to build 51 extra care apartments for the frail elderly with car parking and a four storey building accommodating 10 age restricted apartments for the frail elderly.

There are two proposals and the difference between the two is that the first was for a mixture of three, four or five storeys while the second was a similar structure but included six storeys.

The proposals were rejected by Lewes District Council after planning officers turned down the scheme under delegated powers, because they said the building would cause significant harm to the open character of that part of the seafront and the wider townscape.

A number of residents argued that it would be an overdevelopment.

Previous plans to build on the site have been turned down. In 2008 residents against proposals to build 88 apartments in the area were hailed a victory for community power.

As a result of the latest refusal an appeal was lodged and an informal hearing is now set to take place next Tuesday (June 21) at 10am at the council offices at 37 Church Street in Seaford. The meeting is open to the public and it is down to the inspector’s discretion to invite and allow residents to speak on the issue.