Developers ask planners for more time

DEVELOPERS wanting to redevelop the former Co-op building in the town centre are asking town planners for more time.

They have already been granted planning permission by a government inspector to demolish the building on the corner of Terminus Road and Seaside Road and build in its place shops and 44 apartments.

Last night (Tuesday) Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee members were expected to grant the application for more time to carry out the redevelopment.

The former Co-op Store closed in February 2007 and developers applied for planning permission to knock down the building, provide a modern retail unit on the ground floor with self contained one and two bedroom flats on the floors above.

Although he council turned down the proposals a planning inspector allowed it in 2008 saying ‘the redevelopment would make good use of land for retail and residential use close to transport, jobs and services’.

Council officers say the re-development of the site with the 44 flats would contribute to the borough’s housing needs and recommended councillors give developers another three years to carry out the works.