Seaford pub to be turned into homes

V Bar Pelham Yard Seaford. August 12th 2013 E33002P

V Bar Pelham Yard Seaford. August 12th 2013 E33002P

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Pubs are part of our social history, but sadly their popularity seems to be on the wane.

When you look at the second oldest pub in Seaford, imagine how many special occasions were celebrated in there over the last three hundred years.

Think of how many happy hours friends and families spent inside.

And for some people V-Bar will have been their favourite pub.

But the truth is: they will never be able to go to this pub ever again, because like many other pubs across the country it is being turned into homes.

Lewes District Council granted the developer London and City Estates planning permission to convert the former V-Bar into a terrace of three houses at a planning meeting held on Wednesday October 30 at County Hall in Lewes.

The planning committee had asked London and City Estates to consider retail use for the ground floor and turning the first floor into flats instead at a previous planning meeting.

This was due to local residents objecting to the scheme on the grounds it meant the town centre would lose a pub.

But the district council planning officers explained that since the pub was not in the primary shopping area, there was no requirement to retain it as a pub.

London and City Estates agreed to look at commercial use on the ground floor, with flats on the first floor, but said this scheme would not be commercially viable.

Instead it asked the district council for permission to go ahead with its scheme and the council agreed unanimously.

Cllr Rod Main (L.Dem, Newhaven, Denton and Meeching) said: “People went out to pubs more.

“People went out every evening of the week and there was a lot of business to be done.

“Unfortunately that business isn’t there any more.

“I’m very unhappy about it because it has been a popular and well loved local.”

A petition with 64 signatures was handed to the council, speaking out against the proposal to convert the pub into homes.

A further 13 letters of objection were sent to the council, calling for business to be kept in the town, the need to regenerate Seaford and the loss of historic buildings.

London and City Estates said it had marketed the pub for a year but without any success.

Planning officers at the council recommended the scheme for approval.

It said there were already plenty of food and drink establishments in the area and that turning the pub into homes would support the local shops and services.