Former Eastbourne hospital likely to be knocked down


Planners are being urged to approve a second identical bid to demolish a Victorian villa which was used as a hospital in the Great War.

Town planners refused permission to knock down Kempston in Granville Road and redevelop the site to provide 16 apartments.

Campaigners argued the villa should be kept and converted. But the building’s owners have submitted a fresh bid which officers say should be approved on Tuesday.

A planning spokesperson said, “The proposed development is largely identical to a previous scheme but the current application is supported by additional information to demonstrate the lack of viability for any scheme involving the retention of the building, as well as further evaluation of the heritage status of the building.”

Eastbourne villa was Red cross hospital in First World War