THE Friends of Eastbourne Seafront is concerned at plans to build a massive retirement complex at Sovereign Harbour.

Untold Living (also known as Martinique Way Village Limited) is seeking permission to build 137 “apartments for older people” to the east of Martinique Way in Sovereign Harbour.

The Friends says: “If this development is given planning consent the writing is on the wall for the future of our seafront.

If we care about our seafront we should all be taking notice of this and raising strong objections.

If a development of this size is given planning consent despite it being on the seafront and on a flood plain, as well as all the other valid reasons given , we are paving the way for the future of our seafront.

It will set a precedent and it will be just a matter of time before we see similar developments on prime sites like Fort Fun and Fishermen’s Green.”