The end is now in sight for an eyesore in Seaford that has caused residents and businesses significant and long-term disruption and inconvenience.
Despite continued efforts by planning enforcement officers at Lewes District Council to get the planned development at Talland Parade underway, the site has been entombed in scaffolding for several years with no other work taking place.
Demolition is now well advanced and with council officers in regular contact with the developer, it is hoped that the construction of 11 new flats will now be completed.
Councillor Emily O’Brien (pictured), Cabinet Member for Planning, said:
“While I am delighted that we now appear to be at the beginning of the end of this interminable saga, we will continue to monitor progress on the site right up until the flats have people living in them.
“I must give credit to the council officers who have doggedly pursued this matter with the developer and local people for their continued patience, despite the great frustration that I know many have felt.”
Legal limitations on the council meant that it was not possible to enforce the removal of the scaffolding, even though construction work hadn’t started.
Councillor Stephen Gauntlett has also been working to bring an end to the issue in Seaford.
Councillor Gauntlett said:
“I certainly think there is something awry in the planning legislation that allows a developer to effectively mothball a development at the expense of local amenity.
“I am grateful to residents for their forbearance and council officers for their tenacity in resolving this issue.”
Published on 6 March 2020