A controversial proposal to change a plan to build affordable housing on the site of the Beachcomber pub in Seaford has been submitted.
Developers McCarthy and Stone have applied to Lewes District Council asking for temporary permission to use the land for parking spaces instead.
This was because it had been unable to find a registered social landlord to take on the age restricted affordable housing element of its scheme.
McCarthy and Stone was granted planning permission to build 51 apartments on the site of the former Beachcomber pub in Dane Road, as well as ten affordable homes.
McCarthy and Stone South East regional land director Chris East said: “McCarthy and Stone has fully marketed the site allocated for affordable housing as was required under the terms of the Unilateral Undertaking, however, there have been no offers for the site at this time that have progressed to a purchase.
“We have applied for a temporary planning permission to lay out this area with additional landscaping and car parking in the interim.
“We remain open to offers from appropriate registered social providers and it is our intention to manage and maintain this land whilst efforts to find a buyer remain on-going.”
McCarthy and Stone wants to create 25 additional parking spaces at the site of the previously approved ten affordable housing units.
In a design statement published on the council’s website it said these car parking spaces would be used for five years or until a registered social landlord was found.
Eversley Court is an assisted living development which is due to be completed in 2014.
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