Please reconsider demolition of historic Eastbourne building

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From: Don Foster, Cranborne Avenue, Eastbourne

The demolition of the old T J Hughes needs to be reconsidered.

The proposed new development neither complements nor lives in sympathy with Eastbourne’s main street.

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The Harris Design and Access report states: “The elevational design takes on board the narrative the design team established early on from the existing department store.”


How is the “narrative” of the old T J Hughes frontage and Terminus Road preserved with massive rectangular structures?

The proposed building’s front corner is no longer rounded. Instead, it has become a gap between two large stone columns.

So much for maintaining the “a strong feature corner”.

A report by Planning Heritage, a Bath consultancy, writes off the T J Hughes building and this is reflected in the Design and Access Statement where they agree that the existing building has “no features of significant architectural or historic significance”.

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We will instead get a large block dominating the area, setting a precedent.

What will happen to the old Debenhams building if we open the floodgates? We need to think again about this development before the face of central Eastbourne is changed forever.