Meads garages to be given new lease of life

Silverdale Garages, Eastbourne
Silverdale Garages, Eastbourne

Derelict garages in Meads are to have a new lease of life as an eco friendly luxury house with a swimming pool.

Developers for Elite Hotels, which owns the neighbouring Grand Hotel, want to build a five/ six bedroom house on the backland site which was previously used as small flats for staff and extra hotel parking.

The derelict Silverdale Garages site is at the top of a steep narrow slope behind Highview Court and a private house in Silverdale Road and is a typical Victorian mews style courtyard, which would have historically been used as a turning circle for horse drawn carts.

The proposal is to convert the existing building to a 5-6 bedroom single private dwelling with a double garage, staff quarters, basement swimming pool and roof-top garden.

A spokesperson for Elite Hotels said, “The ambition is to provide an exemplary modern home within the envelope of an historical asset, providing the existing building with another 150 years of existence in line with modern living standards, albeit at the high-end.”

But neighbours objected to the plans saying the proposed building will look more like a mosque than a house, it will be out of character, too ambitious for a backland development, lead to an increase in traffic on the road and also lead to a loss of privacy to residents of Highview Court.

A planning spokespersosaid, “It is considered that the re-use and refurbishment of the building envelope is an acceptable means of bringing the site back into use.”

Planning officers also said they did not think it would have an adverse effect on neighbours.

Members of Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee voted unanimously to approve the plans at a meeting on Tuesday night.