Eastbourne doctor’s surgery could become house share

A doctor’s surgery in Eastbourne could be converted into a 19-bed house share if plans are given the go-ahead.

Monday, 1st February 2021, 3:21 pm
Updated Monday, 1st February 2021, 3:22 pm

Enys Road Surgery may soon become a 19-bed house of multiple occupation (HMO) if plans submitted to Eastbourne Borough Council are approved.

According to the plans, the two three-storey terraced properties have been interconnected and extended to function as the surgery for many years.

The design and access document from Park Avenue Homes Ltd says the HMO plans would ‘provide much needed accommodation for those starting out’ and could make a real difference to people who can’t afford full independent living.

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It says, “The proposed HMO will increase the diversity of accommodation available. We seek to provide a clean, affordable, well-managed home that brings stability and certainty to what is often a difficult, fractured or erratic lifestyle.”

Enys Road is a central location with access to local shops, work opportunities and public transport, the plans say.

According to the plans, all 19 bedrooms would be fitted with an en-suite and then residents will share the kitchen/dining facilities. There will be the option of on-street parking or a number of private parking spaces at the back of the property and there would be no external alterations made to the buildings.

Plans say the Enys Road Surgery will merge with other surgeries to occupy new purpose-built premises in Victoria Drive.

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Comments from the public can be submitted now and the expected end date for the application is March 25.