Planning applications are being drawn up to build 47 flats on the old Bonners site in Langney Road.

Bonners Music Superstore is one of the largest independent musical instrument retailers in the UK, and in 2021 moved from its original site in Langney Road to a new site in Faraday Close. Following an initial discussion with Eastbourne Borough Council, the former Bonners site has been identified as suitable for development.

The proposed development, to be named Ashford House, will be six storeys high and comprise 40 one-bed and seven two-bed flats. It will be a sustainable development and will have solar panels installed as an energy source, will be equipped with Air Source Heat Pumps and have a roof garden and rooftop planting.

Ashford House will be in the heart of the town, close to bus routes, and just a 10-minute walk to Eastbourne train station.

Cath Prenton, Planning Consultant at Bree Prenton Property Consultants, is heading up a team of specialists to prepare an application for outline planning approval.

Cath said: “Bree Prenton is excited to be working on this highly sustainable town centre brownfield site and we have been working closely with Eastbourne Borough Council on redevelopment proposals to provide much needed homes in the town centre.

“The regeneration of the site will not only bring an improved appearance and a huge reduction in traffic movements but will also have a positive ecological impact with green energy solutions and a rooftop garden. The homes will have great public transport connections plus Eastbourne’s amenities on the doorstep.”

There will be a public consultation event on Thursday May 26 at the former Bonners site in Langney Road from 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm. The event will give neighbours and members of the public the opportunity to ask questions or raise any concerns. The views collected will help inform the planning application prior to submission 

The team at Bonners are working closely with planning consultants Bree Prenton on the future development of the site. For more information, visit www.ashfordhouse.org