ARE there too many Houses of Multiple Accomodation in Eastbourne?

Eastbourne Tory leader Robert Smart thinks so.

He said a recent decision for 71 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne to be used as a 16-bedroom House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) is appalling.

He has called for the planning process to be halted. He had repeatedly asked for the application to be considered by the planning committee but his requests were ignored.

“The Borough Council has allowed HMOs to proliferate and this decision was made by officers without reference to councillors through the democratic process of a planning committee”, says Cllr Smart. “This, despite the fact that I had, on two occasions, specifically asked the borough’s Head of Planning to call this application in for close scrutiny.”