PLANS for a 66-bedroom residential nursing home in Seaford have been given the go-ahead, despite concerns over increased traffic and poor access.
The proposals, which involve building on the site of Abundant Grace House in Firle Road, includes communal lounges, dining rooms, staff facilities, car parking and cycle storage.
The application, for South Coast Nursing Homes, was criticised by homeowners when it was discussed by the planning and highways committee of Seaford Town Council, with one resident stating the plans would increase traffic to levels reminiscent of the ‘M25 in rush-hour’.
The proposals include demolishing the existing building on the site.
The main building was constructed in 1905, as Lexden House, and was then used as a boarding school until 1924.
During its time is was also a preparatory school and since 1993 was used by the Christian community, which has now vacated the building.
At the meeting in Seaford, Lawrence Dennis-Smither, secretary of Seaford Golf Club, opened the debate by saying that the access should be from the east by Chalvington Close.
He added, “I don’t think the car parking is adequate at all and envisage a lot of people will use a car to get to this nursing home.”
The committee in Seaford objected to the plans which went on to be recently heard by members of the planning applications committee of Lewes District Council who made the final decision on the application.
In total 14 letters of objection were received from residents, with concerns over the effects on wildlife, traffic noise and inadequate public transport to serve the development.
Planning officers recommended planning permission be granted, subject to the completion of a Section 106 legal agreement between the council and the applicant to secure a financial contribution of £20,000 towards the highway infrastructure in the local area.
A Section 106 agreement means that the developer is required to put money back into the community.
Other conditions on the development include work not starting until one of the footpaths, along with vehicular access to the site along Firle Road being upgraded.
The committee backed the recommendation subject to various conditions.