How will Eastbourne shape up in next 15 years?

Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne Golfing Park Lottbridge Drove, industrial estates in Lottbridge Drove and Langney Point, Eastbourne taken from Butts Brow 11th November 2012 E50145N
Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne Golfing Park Lottbridge Drove, industrial estates in Lottbridge Drove and Langney Point, Eastbourne taken from Butts Brow 11th November 2012 E50145N

A plan to shape the future development of Eastbourne for the next 15 years has been approved by council leaders.

The Core Strategy Local Plan, has been formulated over the past five years and included extensive public consultation. It will now show the local community where and how the town will grow up to 2027.

The plan covers a number of policies, including housing, employment, tourism and will also protect the wetland Eastbourne Park area from development for future generations.

At a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, members voted to endorse the document which will also act as a guide for decision makers and developers about what the council will consider acceptable in terms of building projects.

The plan will also pave the way for more environmentally friendly projects such as nature reserves, allotments and cycle lanes within Eastbourne Park.

A government inspector found that the Local Plan met all the legal requirements and can be adopted as ‘sound’. Her report supported the council’s approach to balancing sustainable development and conservation of the natural environment with the need for growth and regeneration.

Calls for areas of Eastbourne Park to be included in a proposed development area were rejected by the inspector.

Cllr Steve Wallis, portfolio holder for the environment, said, “This council is determined to deliver a vision for Eastbourne as one of the country’s premier seaside destinations while protecting our unique natural habitat.

“The local plan is a vital tool to reach that vision. I also take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed towards the development of this document.

“The challenge of balancing the need for growth through development with protecting the environment is not easy.

“I am confident however that this plan addresses the key issues, including our commitment to preventing any building on Eastbourne Park and ensuring it remains the green heart of the town and protecting wildlife.

“I am very pleased that the inspector agreed with our policy to exclude the park area from the development area and we now look forward to creating the vibrant and sustainable Eastbourne of tomorrow.”

The Local Plan will be formally adopted at a full council meeting on February 20, after which it will for the strategic development plan for determining planning applications.