Brighton and Hove News » Saltdean developer tries again with coastal road flat plans

A developer has resubmitted plans to expand a block of flats in Telscombe Cliffs after two previous proposals were rejected.

The owner of 340 South Coast Road wants to add a floor at the back of the apartments and make the building bigger

Robert Sinden, 57, of Wicklands Avenue, Saltdean, has applied to Lewes District Council for permission to create two new flats by extending a converted apartment block at 340 South Coast Road.

The extension would add an additional floor to the rear of the building and bring the total number of apartments on the site to nine. It would also make it possible to enlarge two existing apartments.

The plans are a resubmission of an application that was refused by the council last year. And it was in itself a revised version of earlier plans for the building’s extension.

Mr Sinden, a builder, appealed after his most recent plans were refused, but the appeal has not yet been decided.

The original proposal was also appealed, with a town planning inspector upholding the council’s decision to deny permission.

The council turned down the previous two schemes due to concerns about the effect on the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

Both were also opposed by Telscombe City Council on the grounds that it would be an overdevelopment of the site.

Mr Sinden said in his latest application that revisions to his original proposal, dropping plans for an external staircase and balcony, should have made the project acceptable.

He said the design of the extension would be in line with neighboring properties, including a recently built block with a similar design.

To view the plans, search for planning application LW/22/0489 on the Lewes District Council website.

The council’s planning applications committee met on Wednesday August 3, but the meeting was delayed by technical issues.

Members have postponed a decision on plans to build a three-storey block of flats at another site on South Coast Road until the next meeting on Wednesday September 7.

A Hove developer, Craig Dwyer-Smith, 47, of Dyke Road Avenue, Hove, and his company, C and L Dwyer-Smith Limited, have called for the demolition of a bungalow at 367 South Coast Road.

In its place, they want to build a block of eight apartments, each apartment having two or three bedrooms. The land, on the A259, would include parking for seven cars.

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