COUNCILLORS CALL FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION ON PLANNING LOOPHOLE

A councillor has condemned a scaffolding ‘eyesore’ in Seaford and has asked Lewes District Council to lobby government to address the ‘loophole’ in regulations that has allowed it to happen.

The scaffolding was erected five years ago as part of a redevelopment of the Talland Parade site in the High Street.  Much to the deep upset and angst of local shoppers and traders, very little construction work has taken place and the four-storey tower of scaffolding continues to encase the building.

The issue was brought before a meeting of Full Council on 23rd November by Councillor Stephen Gauntlett, ward councillor for Seaford Central.

Councillor Gauntlett said:

“Despite the very best efforts and diligence of our planning enforcement officers, together with support from the legal department, the unsightly scaffolding and boarding remains in place together with piles of internal rubble after all these years have passed.

“The site is an eyesore and the patience of Seaford residents has long since been exhausted.”

With little sign that the developer intends to complete the work, the council will continue to explore every option open to them.

Councillor Emily O’Brien, Cabinet Member for Planning, said:

“Councillor Gauntlett is absolutely right in his assessment of this situation. 

“Over the years, council officers and local councillors have repeatedly tried to resolve this situation but have been hamstrung by loopholes in planning legislation that allow developers to get away with effectively mothballing a development, regardless of the impact on the local community.

“I completely agree that we should continue to lobby government to tighten up the regulations and put as much pressure on the developer as possible.

“The situation is unacceptable and I am absolutely committed to leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to resolve this matter for the people of Seaford.”