Mixed reactions for retirement home plan

The site of the proposed development
The site of the proposed development

A planning application for a five-storey retirement home at the site of the old Central Garage in Seaford has been met with mixed reactions.

The disused site, on Sutton Park Road, has become the subject of a planning proposal by retirement housing company PegasusLife.

The application, submitted to Lewes District Counil last month, is for 38 retirement apartments, a basement car park, access and landscaping.

In a document sent to the case officer by East Sussex County Council’s highways department, it states: “This application is identical to the previously refused planning application LW/14/0150 which is now the subject of an appeal.

“However, this application includes additional information which was not included within the previous submission and the proposal is considered acceptable subject to conditions and a 106 legal agreement.

“The additional information includes a transport statement, a recent parking survey and information on other Pegasus sites.”

Resident Paul Wilmot was also in favour. He said: “I write in support of this application to build on a site that has been a derelict eyesore for far too long. Some people are calling for homes for families but the site bordering the A259 on one side is totally unsuitable for this. This town centre location seems ideal for older people being near the shops, buses and the railway station.”

However, not everyone is supportive of the plans, with many residents feeling that Seaford already has sufficient homes for the elderly.

Resident Fiona De Lima described it as “absolutely disgraceful” adding: “Seaford is dying and in desperate need of affordable and/or social housing in order to retain young families and working individuals whose contribution to our town is vital. Our health service provision is already stretched beyond capacity.”

Linda Lord said: “Seaford has enough retirement properties already, with some being vacant and advertised as available for sale. The A259 is a very busy road and the traffic is very heavy during day time. Any extra cars will certainly add to the pressure of traffic along this road. This proposal is detrimental to the town.”

Suzanne Lower added: “The proposed development is too high and overbearing in comparison to the buildings either side and will block out all remaining light.”

Guy Flintoft, PegasusLife’s public policy and planning director, said: “We’ve submitted plans for new homes on the site on Sutton Park Road in Seaford and we are awaiting an opportunity to discuss these plans in further depth with the local planning committee.

“We make sure to take a considered, tailored approach to each of our developments to ensure it embodies the history, character and personality of its specific location.”

The deadline for the public to have their say in the consultation is Wednesday, July 8.

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