Plans to redevelop the old East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Head Quarters building in Eastbourne have been deferred.
Planners at the Borough Council considered the proposals, which would see two additional floors created at the top of the building to allow for seven additional penthouse suites to be created. However, some members of the planning panel felt this made the building in Upperton Road, too imposing and have requested the applicant consider losing one of the additional floors.
The application was for 73 flats, which were previously approved, along with extra penthouses and 61 parking spaces, which is below East Sussex County Council’s recommendation of 69. All the apartments would be for private sale only.
Mr Ian Whitman spoke at the meeting against the development saying the extra floors were too much and that the development would put too much of a strain on parking in the area.
Mr Zach Chaudry, the applicant, also spoke. He believes the extra two floors would enhance the area and make Eastbourne more attractive.
After some deliberation, councillors on the planning panel agreed that whilst Eastbourne does need more housing, the seven floors would be too much and have deferred making a final decision to allow Mr Chaudry to resubmit plans, taking into consideration their request to lose floor seven.