CABINET councillors last night approved an expansion of the College Conservation Area in Eastbourne.

It has been a protected place of special architectural and historic interest for more than 30 years. 

First adopted in 1986, the College Conservation Area covers a zone immediately next to Eastbourne College and is among Eastbourne Borough Council’s 12 conservation areas. 

Councillor Colin Swansborough, Cabinet member for Place Services and Special Projects, said: “This is a really positive step for the town in terms of conservation and is a move that was well supported throughout two public consultations. 

“By enlarging the College Conservation Area we are boosting the importance of the heritage assets in this part of town and significantly broadening the range of good quality properties that will be protected for the future.” 

A periodic review of the conservation area by an independent consultancy in late 2018 included a detailed survey and consideration of the area’s existing boundaries with suggestions for possible extensions. 

Then followed a public consultation in spring 2019 over altering the boundaries to make the conservation area bigger and feedback was positive.

More detailed proposals for the boundary extension were drawn up and these were consulted upon later in the year, broadly gaining support from respondents.