Updated plans for Kings Drive sent to council

New plans to build homes on land off Kings Drive have gone in to town planners this week.

Developers have already been given permission to build more almost 120 homes on the land, which was designated for housing by Eastbourne Borough Council some years ago, after a government planning inspector ruled in their favour.

But since the land was sold by the Duke of Devonshire, a new planning application has been submitted to the council’s planning department which is slightly different to before.

The new bid by Bovis Homes asks for permission to build homes and includes a new layout for the site which will see an original plan for a three storey block of apartments to be replaced by houses.

Eastbourne Borough Council has received a planning application that proposes modifications to the development at the King’s Drive site.

MP Stephen Lloyd who has been involved in a cross party campaign against houses being built on the site said he was disappointed to hear of the new application.

He said, “I think it’s madness the new owner is still progressing with the development. I was passing recently and couldn’t believe how much surface water there was right next to where houses are planned to be built on, so I quickly got out my camera and took a few snaps for evidence.

“Hopefully the changes to planning policy – both nationally and in Eastbourne - will give us a window of opportunity to see off this development once and for all. Any consultation will also give local people the chance once again to make clear their opposition and the grounds for their opposition.”

The changes will still need to go through the council’s planning committee and it is likely the application will go before planners in mid-April.