Plans for 95 flats have tonight (15 November) been rejected in Eastbourne.
The proposals were for the old BT building in Moy Avenue, which would have seen the building extended by an extra floor and two new blocks built. The buildings would consist of one and two bedroom flats, with 25 being affordable.
Residents addressed the council meeting at Town Hall to express their concerns about the plans, citing worries over children’s safety on the already congested roads, parking and the lack of privacy, where the flats would overlook neighbouring properties.
Councillors agreed that parking was an issue, but owing to the County Council having already said the proposals met Highways regulations, said the matter couldn't be taken into consideration.
Some felt the design of the buildings was wrong for the area, with one councillor saying they looked like a 1960s council estate from north London. Others also said the flats themselves were too small and wouldn’t provide a quality of life for those living there.
Despite the recommendation to grant permission for the development, it was thrown out in a 5-1 vote against it, on the grounds it would overdevelop the site, as well as being out of keeping with the area.
Eastbourne Buzz was at tonight’s meeting: