SEAFORD: Decision due on clubhouse plans

SEAFORD residents will find out if controversial plans for a new function room in the town will be given the go-ahead this evening (Wednesday).

Proposals for the current clubhouse at Seaford Head Golf Course to be demolished and replaced with a new two-storey building have caused a stir in the community with many labelling the design as ugly and too big. However, a number of residents are in favour of a new facility and many have written letters of support.

In total, 230 letters of representations have been received with 91 objecting to the plans.

The course, based at Southdown Road, is owned by Seaford Town Council which has argued that a more up-to-date facility is needed at the premises, which would incorporate a function room.

The existing clubhouse was built in 1963 as a temporary building and a number of extensions were added in the 1970s.

The new plans would see a pro-shop and club secretary’s office included on the lower ground floor with a function room and club bar/lounge and dining area, plus disabled toilets on the upper level.

East Sussex County Council’s highways department and the tree and landscape officer have recommend refusal.

Planning officers have also recommended permission be refused, stating the new clubhouse is located outside the planning boundary for Seaford within an open downland setting and because of its height, form and prominent siting, would be an unacceptably dominant building and detract from the open setting and landscape character of the surrounding South Downs National Park countryside.

The Planning Applications Committee of Lewes District Council will discuss the matter today at a meeting taking place at the Council Chamber, County Hall, St Annes Crescent, Lewes at 5.30pm.