Eastbourne hotelier battles with planners over windows

East Beach Hotel Eastbourne SUS-151126-112337001
East Beach Hotel Eastbourne SUS-151126-112337001

An Eastbourne hotelier facing enforcement action to remove new UPVC windows installed on a seafront property has been given a reprieve.

Planning officers were recommending retrospective permission for a number of windows installed at the East Beach Hotel in Royal Parade be turned down, which would have meant they would have to be removed and replaced with timber windows, said to be six times more expensive.

But members of the council’s planning committee agreed on Tuesday night to defer any decision until after a site visit.

Planners say the windows installed at the hotel, which is a conservation area, are considered to “detract from the character of the

host building and have a detrimental impact on the surrounding conservation area”.

But Heidi Cowderoy at the East Beach Hotel, on the corner of St Aubyns Road, has the backing of the Eastbourne Hospitality Association to retain the PVC windows, which replaced timber sash frames.

An EHA spokesperson said, “The fact of the matter is though that our seafront properties, which are premium and are key to the success of our tourism economy, must be fit for purpose. The EHA also wish to remind the committee there is no policy locally or nationally that prohibits PVC windows in a conservation area.”

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