No to student plan but yes for GP centre

A PLAN to build a new medical centre on an old storage yard near Ore has been given the green light.

The Waizemoss Group successfully applied to the borough council to build a two storey building comprising of medical centre, pharmacy and separate retail unit on land adjacent to Ore Valley Road in Ore Valley.

Beaconsfield Road Surgery intends to move to the new building.

At a meeting of the planning committee on Wednesday night, the firm was given permission to build the development which is just south of the Parker Road Campus of Sussex Coast College.

Three letters of objection and a petition were received by the authority. Concerns included highway safety and parking issues, overdevelopment, unsustainable location, loss of privacy, retail unit not suitable, proposal too large, increased anti-social behaviour, noise and disturbance, access and external lighting.

The plans were approved with eight members voting in favour and two abstentions. Measures will be taken to secure the car park when the complex is not open and the developer offered to install railings on the site.

Meanwhile plans to turn a house in Waldegrave Street into student accommodation were turned down at the meeting. The owner wanted to turn the property into accommodation for three students but it was turned down five votes against two in favour.

The committee received four letters of objection and a petition. Residents were concered about anti-social behaviour, parking, impact on local services and over concentration of multi occupany buildings in the area.

Committee member Phil Scott said: “I was disappointed the application was refused, I belived that we wanted to encourage students to live in our town given for students to be able to live closely together, socialise together and of course study together seemed a perfect scenario for them. Unfortunately I believe the wrong messgae was sent out by the Planning Committee to both developers who want to invest in our town and young people who want to live here and study here together in a safe environment, it may be then that some students will continue to want to live in Eastbourne or Brighton and commute into Hastings which is not an ideal situation for them.”