Seaford house could be turned into care home

112 Firle Road, Seaford
112 Firle Road, Seaford

A house will be turned into a residential care home in Seaford if Lewes District Council approves the scheme at its planning committee meeting next week.

Southdown Housing Association has applied for permission to transform 112 Firle Road into a care home for older people, with a 24 hour team of 22 staff.

But the scheme has sparked some objections, including concerns about the impact on neighbours, additional burden on medical facilities in Seaford, lack of parking and increased traffic.

Planning officers at the district council are recommending the scheme for approval, on the grounds that care homes are considered residential as opposed to commercial development and are typically found in residential areas.

Southdown Housing Association said there was a growing need for care homes with improved mobility access.

A report to the district council’s planning committee by planning officers, said there was no final verdict from the Highway Authority about the proposal, but that no objection had been raised by the Highway Authority in its initial response.

The number of staff at the site during the day time would be between four and five, while the car park at the front of the house could accommodate six cars.

The council said unless the Highway Authority objected, it would not be able to dismiss the scheme because of lack of parking or excessive traffic generation.

The report said: “Overall this is a property which has been deemed suitable for the proposed care home use.

“A care home is often found in detached houses , in established residential areas.

“The intensity of the proposed use with 11 residents together with staff is not considered to be an over intensive use.”

The scheme attracted 12 objections from residents.

Seaford Town Council was against the plan too.

Amongst the other objections were: the proposal was an over development, Firle Road was inadequate to accommodate extra traffic and a more suitable site should be found in a central location close to shops and services, as opposed to up a long hill with no bus service.

The planning committee will discuss the scheme on Wednesday March 12.