Town unanimously rejects Seaford housing development proposals


Councillors and residents voiced their objections to a proposed housing development in Seaford at a packed meeting last Thursday (August 18).

The town council’s planning and highways committee held an extraordinary meeting at Seaford Baptist Church to discuss the planning application to build 55 properties in Chyngton Way.

More than 140 people attended the meeting.

Town councillors heard the objections from the public and the committee unanimously objected to the application.

The committee said the plans were contrary to the Lewes District Local Plan as adopted by the district council in May, represented significant overdevelopment, affecting access to the National Park, and had a potentially detrimental impact on tourism and access to the iconic Seven Sisters view from South Hill Barn.

The town council also said the proposals would impact on local infrastructure, such as medical care and school services, which the town council said were already oversubscribed.

In addition, the committee requested a full archaeological and wildlife report be carried out for the site.

Town councillors said there would be a loss of strategic views of the National Park and the proposed entrance to the site would cause transport issues for the area.

It has submitted its objection to Lewes District Council.

Further details on the proposals can be found on the authority’s website at, searching for planning application LW/16/0460 - Land at Chyngton Way.

Any comments on the application should be submitted to Lewes District Council by August 31 at the latest.

It will then make a decision on whether the application will be considered by a planning officer or by its planning committee.

If it is considered by the planning committee, a meeting date will be announced by Lewes District Council.

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