Seaford: Town centre homes get go-ahead despite traffic chaos worries

Artists impression of the Stafford Road site.
Artists impression of the Stafford Road site.

PROPOSALS to create a new housing development in the centre of Seaford have been given the go-ahead, despite concerns it will cause traffic chaos.

Plans to build 27 homes at the former Caffyns site in Sutton Park Road were on the agenda at a recent planning meeting of Lewes District Council (LDC).

Developers Western Ridge Holdings, based in Seaford, were given permission to go ahead with the plans which include 25 flats, two town houses, with car parking and amenity space, as well as one commercial unit.

The application had been objected to by members of Seaford Town Council’s Planning & Highways Committee, who are able to comment on plans.

The proposal was branded an ‘overdevelopment’ by members and concerns over lack of parking and congestion in nearby streets were also raised.

Despite LDC giving the green light to the development councillors criticised the fact money from the developer for recreation and recycling could not be put towards health facilities in the town.

The planning application attracted one letter of objection and one letter of support.

The block of flats was designed to reflect the character of the adjacent Tesco store.

Only six parking spaces will be provided for the development, which caused concerns from the council about nearby congested roads but in response the developer argued it was a town centre location and offered lots of public transport options.

At the meeting Councillor Bob Allen (Seaford South) said he was saddened that section 106 money or planning gain money could not be put towards ‘the overstretched health facilities’ in the town.

A section 106 agreement means that the developer is required to put money back into the community.

Planning consultant Daniel Rinsler said, “It’s up to the applicant to come up with a scheme and it’s up to the local authority to set the terms for the 106.

“The applicant is delighted about contributing to the revitalisation of Seaford town centre. It’s been a very tired and unused site for a long time.”