Residents raise concerns over Eastbourne house plans

Norman Russell at the site at Framfield Way that is due for developement (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151028-151229008
Norman Russell at the site at Framfield Way that is due for developement (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151028-151229008

Residents of Rodmill have raised concerns over plans to build new houses on green space in Framfield Way.

The plans would see four three-bedroom houses built on a small plot of green space near the Rodmill Roundabout.

Residents say the houses would cause parking problems for local businesses and increase traffic on an already busy road.

Norman Russell who runs Rodmill Post Office said the green is the wrong place for the new houses.

He said, “It is brain dead. They are building slums, each unit is only 87 square metres but with three bedrooms each, this isn’t enough room.

“There are already problems with traffic and parking on this road and putting new houses here will make it worse.

“I understand the council is afraid of the government and has to build new houses but why here?

“There are miles of farmland between here and Hailsham, why do they have to ruin Eastbourne?

“It is Mickey Mouse really, a plaster over a much bigger problem.”

Residents also raised concerns for the health of a tree on the land, which had been subject to a tree preservation order.

Architects’ drawings seen by The Herald appear to show the tree would be removed if the houses are built.

The plans show four two-storey houses with three bedrooms each could be built on the land on the corner of Framfield Way, Rodmill Drive and Rushlake Crescent.

The proposed houses would also have a driveway each and entrances on to Rodmill Drive and Rushlake Crescent.

Mr Russell said, “It is dangerous to have the doors on to the road. It is too busy.

“If a child was to open to the door, they would be straight on to the road.”

Eastbourne Homes is expected to seek planning permission for the homes in the coming months .

Eastbourne Homes is an arms-length management company which provides homes for Eastbourne Borough Council.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, lead cabinet member for direct assistant services, said, “The new homes will help people achieve their first step onto the property ladder and realise their dream of home ownership.

“Most people will know someone who has been trying to buy somewhere but has been frustrated, often for many years, by escalating property prices.

“While the plans are still to be considered by planning committee, if approved, these homes will be available through shared ownership.

“Additionally, the homes benefit from high end smart design, a new approach to house building that is proving hugely popular at other housing schemes being developed by Eastbourne Homes and Eastbourne Borough Council.”

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