Plans to knock down house and build 85-bed care home in Eastbourne

Plans have been submitted to demolish an Eastbourne house and replace it with an 85-bedroom care home.

Monday, 7th January 2019, 4:15 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 2:42 pm
Planners hope to demolish the house at 282 Kings Drive and build a care home. Image: Google Maps

An application hopes to build the 3 1/2 storey home in 282 Kings Drive, at the junction of Decoy Drive.

According to planning documents, the care home would provide 24-hour personal, nursing, and specialist dementia care for the ‘frail and elderly’ population in and around Eastbourne.

An elevation of what the proposed care home in Kings Drive, Eastbourne, could look like

Thirty five new parking spaces would be built, including two disabled bays, as part of the development, and it would anticipate to employ 80 members of staff.

The plans, which are available to the public on the Eastbourne Borough Council planning website, also include plans for a cafe, cinema, celebrations room, wellness suite, and sensory room, as well as winter and summer garden rooms in the plush facility.

Put forward by Hallmark Care Homes, the application proposes to create a new entrance on Decoy Drive. The current Kings Drive entrance would be closed.

The documents say 300 consultation leaflets were handed out to nearby residents, and a meeting has been held to gauge public feeling about the application.

Plans show the scale of the proposed care home in Kings Drive

Concerns have already been raised by nearby residents of the application being an ‘over-development’ of the site.

Mr and Mrs Gibbons, of Park Lane, wrote in a letter of objection to the plans, “The size and height of the property is overwhelming and would dominate the whole area to its detriment.”

Hallmark is a family-owned care home company which owns 18 care homes across England and Wales, with the nearest being Maycroft Manor in Brighton.

To view the full application, visit the planning website using the reference: 181178.