A NEW Aldi will be built at Sovereign Harbour.

The Sovereign Harbour Residents Association had asked the government to intervene after the council approved the plan.

Many residents were furious.

Now the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has confirmed it will not interfere, and the decision by Eastbourne Borough Council stands.

It wrote: “The Secretary of State has decided, having had regard to this policy, not to call in this application. He is satisfied that the application should be determined at a local level. I appreciate that this is not the preferred outcome for you, and I understand that there will be great disappointment as a result. It is however, now for Eastbourne Borough Council to determine the application.”

Here is the SHRA: “Now that the Minister has decided not to call in the application the only avenue left open to us would be to seek a Judicial Review of the decision. In September we sent out a questionnaire seeking the views of members in relation to a potential Judicial Review, and once again thank everyone who responded.

The results of this survey made it clear that if the Minister decided not to call in the planning decision, the majority of residents did not want the SHRA to seek funding for a Judicial Review from Harbour residents and homeowners affected by the development (55% of respondents were against this idea), and it must be borne in mind that a Judicial Review could run into tens of thousands of pounds requiring a significant contribution from residents.

In view of this clear opinion the SHRA committee has decided not to pursue a Judicial Review.

We are extremely disappointed the views and objections voiced by the local community have been ignored and will continue to monitor progress of the development.”