Archery plan is on target

Site of the old Archery Tavern, awaiting development
Site of the old Archery Tavern, awaiting development

NEW PLANS are in the pipeline for a shop and flats on the site of the former Archery Tavern in Seaside.

The restaurant and bar was closed several years ago after a long and colourful history as a major landmark in the area.

It was demolished last year and developers are now asking for permission from Eastbourne Borough Council to build a four-storey building with a convenience store on the ground floor and nine flats above it.

The proposals have been put forward by Peak Developments and include car parking and a cycle store – but there will not be any affordable social housing within the building, as originally planned when it was to be a block of 22 flats.

The proposed convenience store will be occupied by the Co-op and there will be eight two-bedroom flats and one bedroom apartment, as well as 12 customer parking spaces with access via Churchdale Road.

Planning officer Lisa Rawlinson said previous schemes for more flats could not go ahead because of the economic downturn and because the developer was unable to strike a deal with a housing association to provide affordable social housing for people on the waiting list.

She said, “While the loss of committed units is regrettable, it is considered the provision of nine flats should be supported as, along with the proposed convenience store, it will ensure this site is developed which will significantly improve the appearance of the area.

“The proposals are also supported from an economic development point of view, as it is considered the provision of a retail unit in this location should help raise the profile of the area in general and hopefully improve the popularity of Seaside for other vacant units.”

Members of the planning committee are being urged to grant permission for the development at their meeting on Tuesday evening (September 27).