EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell says she is concerned by the decision this week to allow a new Aldi, care home and retirement apartments in Sovereign Harbour.

On Monday (August 21), Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee approved three applications seeking to develop Site 7a in Sovereign Harbour — a strip of land between Pacific Drive and Pevensey Bay Road.

Between them, the three applications had been seeking permission to build a 66-bed care home, a building containing 57 retirement-living apartments and a new Aldi supermarket on the land.

All three schemes — and particularly the Aldi proposals — had proven to be controversial among local residents, with more than 700 objections submitted across the separate applications.

Caroline is worried: “I have worked with Sovereign Councillors Penny di Cara, Kshama Shore, Nigel Goodyear and residents to challenge aspects of the proposals, notably around access.  Pacific Drive is a single carriageway serving the entirety of the North Harbour – key access for thousands of residents.  New plans will create estimated new vehicular movements of up to 100 in both directions per hour including HGVs.

It is hugely disappointing for residents that this aspect of the application and the weight of their concern did not translate into the further consideration called for, at the meeting, by Conservative Councillor Jane Lamb. Particularly so given over 400 residents objected to the now approved scheme.

What also concerns me is that Councillors were asked to make a decision on this application whilst a number of matters remain outstanding, namely on air quality, landscaping, ecology and S106 monies. These have now been delegated to council officers to resolve outside of the scrutiny of elected members.”

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