Decision due on new Telscombe Cliffs apartments

Proposals to build a new apartment building in Telscombe Cliffs are set to go before Lewes planners next week.

On Wednesday (August 3), Lewes District Council’s planning committee is set to consider an application to demolish a bungalow in South Cliff Road and replace it with a three-storey apartment building.

The proposed building, which is recommended for approval, would contain eight two and three-bedroom apartments.

In a report to be considered by the committee, a council planning officer said: “It is considered that the development would integrate well with the existing street scene and would not have an adverse impact upon environmental or residential amenity.

Proposed artist's impression of the apartments

“It is therefore recommended that the application is approved subject to conditions.”

While recommended for approval, the proposals have seen a number of objections from local residents. These objectors raise a variety of concerns, including fears the design and appearance of the building would be unsuitable, overbearing and block light to surrounding properties.

Similar objections have also been raised by Telscombe Town Council.

The concerns are disputed by Lewes planning officers, however. According to their report, the overshadowing would affect only a single window of a single property, which is already affected by overshadowing. This would not be grounds to refuse the scheme, they advise.

Concerns have also been raised around parking, as the seven spaces provided would fall short of the number set out by East Sussex Highways. Officers, however, consider this issue can be overcome due to the site’s proximity to public transport links.

For further information on the proposals see application reference LW/21/0548 on the Lewes District Council website.