V-bar plans are on the agenda

The future of a Seaford pub is set to be decided tomorrow (Wednesday).

Plans have been put on the table to convert the V Bar into homes, which has led to a petition being set up by angry residents.

If given the go-ahead the proposal would see the building, which closed in June last year, turned into three residential units. Two of the units would be two bedroom and the third would have three/four bedrooms.

The Gazette reported last month how when the community heard of the plans residents said the building in Pelham Yard would better serve the community by providing a retail service in the tourist destination.

But in a planning statement to Lewes District Council the agent said the existing use was not viable and that the pub had been marketed for more than a year at a fair market rent and on flexible terms.

Seaford Town Council has registered a strong objection to the proposals, pointing out turning commercial property into residential was again the district council’s policy.

The plans are now due to be discussed by the Planning Applications Committee of Lewes District Council.

Planning permission has been recommended for approval subject to several conditions.

The plans have seen 13 objections raised and a petition backed by 64 people. Concerns highlighted by residents include the loss of the oldest or second oldest pub in the town, parking issues and the loss of commercial premises.

Tomorrow’s meeting takes place at 5pm in the Council Chamber at County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes.

For more information go to: www.lewes.gov.uk