New plans revealed for future of ESK site in Eastbourne

ESK retail outlet in Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby)
ESK retail outlet in Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby)

A new set of plans for the future of the ESK site in Eastbourne have been revealed.

The popular discount store in Courtlands Road said it would be closing in July 2020, as owner Bob Beevis announced his retirement.

ESK retail outlet in Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby)

ESK retail outlet in Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby)

ESK in Eastbourne to close

Now plans are being put forward to demolish the retail unit and build 136 homes on the site, including flats and houses.

The plans, which will be made fully available to the public on The Courtlands website on October 8, also include a 346m² commercial unit which could accommodate a small supermarket or doctors’ surgery for the community.

It would include 138 new parking spaces, including underground parking, bay parking, and driveways.

It is proposed 35 per cent of the homes would be allocated for affordable housing.

There would be 10 parking spaces for customers to the commercial unit, and a play park in the middle of the site.

The plans include seven two-bedroom homes, 27 three/four bedroom homes, 25 one-bed flats, and 77 two-bed flats.

Those behind the plans say it will reduce traffic in the area, improve the appearance, and have a positive ecological impact.

The website says, “The Courtlands development would provide 136 new homes, helping towards Eastbourne’s target to provide some 5,000 new homes by 2027.”