Upset over flats plan in Eastbourne car park

The site in Commercial Road

The site in Commercial Road

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A bid to build a block of flats on a car park in Eastbourne town centre has sparked anger and concern among residents.

Developers want to use the land at the rear of 48 St Leonard’s Road to build a three storey block of 12 flats with seven car parking spaces.

We have enough problems with parking and people coming into our car park that cannot find a parking space in Commercial Road or St Leonard’s Road

The site is currently an unofficial overflow car park for workers in offices at 52 St Leonard’s Road.

But residents living in Commercial Road say the development will lead to even more parking problems in the already congested area.

Full details of the plans have been put on Eastbourne Borough Council’s website where residents have voiced their objections.

They say the plans will lead to parking problems and road safety, the proposed building will overlook houses in Commercial Road and lead to a loss of light.

Florence Miller, of St Leonard’s Road said, “We have enough problems with parking and people coming into our car park that cannot find a parking space in Commercial Road or St Leonard’s Road. A new lot of flats have just been converted from a office block to flats so they will need extra parking.

“One side of Commercial Road has been allocated to people who have permission to park outside their house which is good, but what about the people who work or visit these roads?”

Developers say the site was associated with Esher House and St Mary’s House offices and used as an unofficial overflow car park. They want to build three studio, six one bed and three two bed flats.