SEAFORD: ‘Beachcomber the wrong site for care homes’

PLANS to redevelop Seaford’s last remaining seafront pub into care apartments will stretch the town’s medical facilities.

The site of the Beachcomber is also in the wrong location, an informal hearing heard last week.

Those were the views of some of the residents who turned out to the hearing after an appeal was lodged when proposals for McCarthy & Stone were refused by Lewes District Council.

The application included 51 extra care apartments for the frail elderly and a four-storey building accommodating 10 age-restricted apartments for the frail elderly.

A number of current and former town councillors turned out to the hearing, along with around 25 residents.

Inspector Paul Jackson got the ball rolling after asking a representative from Lewes District Council if a need for sheltered housing in the district had been identified.

The response was yes but Seaford town clerk Sam Shippen pointed out that there were retirement properties in the town that were up for sale.

Resident Geoff King feared the development would not be for local people.

He said, “This development will be marketed nationally, it will be new people coming to the town, not local people.”

Jim Skinner said, “I don’t want to give the impression we’re anti the elderly.

“I personally feel the main issue at the heart of this is the location of such a development.”

Councillor Ian White said, “The loss of one of the remaining businesses on the seafront would have a severe and detrimental effect on our efforts for regeneration on the seafront.”

Gian Bendinelli, who was representing the developer McCarthy & Stone, said the accommodation would generate between 10 to 17 jobs.

• An inspector is expected to rule on the application within the next six weeks.