SEAFORD: Home developer ‘must do more’ for the town

The Beachcomber
The Beachcomber

A DEVELOPER planning to build extra care apartments in Seaford should contribute towards improving health facilities in the town.

That’s according to Seaford town councillor Samuel Adeniji who believes McCarthy & Stone should put something back into the area because its proposals will be a strain on care facilities in the area.

Residents were against proposals to knock down the Beachcomber pub (pictured) and had been fighting various planning applications for years but recently campaigners learnt an appeal to build on the site had been upheld.

The plans include 50 care apartments and a building for 10 age-restricted apartments for the frail elderly.

Cllr Adeniji said the move meant that not only were people deprived of a valuable Seaford amenity but it would be an additional strain to existing care and health services in the town.

The Buckle Drive resident said, “When granting planning permission the appeal inspectors have agreed that McCarthy & Stone will set aside 10 of the proposed 51 retirement homes as affordable housing units for local people. This is welcomed.

“However, as someone who has been campaigning for improved health services for Seaford, I am concerned by the additional strain on care and health services within Seaford as a result of this development.

“Therefore, I do not think setting aside 10 of the proposed 51 retirement homes as affordable housing is enough contribution for the loss of a valuable amenity and a contribution towards the added strain on health and care cost arising from the proposed development.

“McCarthy & Stone should contribute directly to the provision of a local service and/or amenity in Seaford and I would like to see them make a small but vital contribution towards an accident and emergency unit for Seaford.”

He said that, while the developer did not have a legal obligation to contribute towards an amenity for the town, it would demonstrate goodwill to the community.

He added, “It is not too late to ask McCarthy & Stone to give something back to Seaford.

“There is plenty of scope for them to assist the town, ranging from making a direct contribution towards the development of an A&E unit or helping the Seaford Youth Forum towards their all-age green gym in The Salts.”

The businessman has been talking with groups in the town about the issue and is looking to draft a letter alongside the Seafront Theme Group, which members of the public will be invited to sign before it is sent to McCarthy & Stone. He also plans to request a meeting with the developer.

Wendy Slingo, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy & Stone, said, “There are currently more people over the state pension age in Britain than there are children.

“McCarthy & Stone believes more focus needs to be put on creating accommodation that will better address the needs of a rapidly ageing population, thus freeing up much-needed family-sized properties for the growing number of mainstream purchasers.

“Our assisted living developments provide a solution for people who are facing the fact they are getting older, need a bit of assistance with daily life, but are not prepared to give up their independence.

“Housing of this type is designed to offer its residents safety, security and companionship plus it will also remove anxieties and worries experienced by many older people living in accommodation that does not best suit their needs.

“The affordable housing element at the Dane Road site meets the requirements set by Lewes District Council.

“By providing rented accommodation for older people who cannot afford to purchase their own properties without assistance, these apartments will directly address the housing needs of the sections of the community not already catered for.

“We are actively seeking registered social landlords to manage these properties.”