Planning Correspondence

Some of our correspondence with Rother District Council over recent months on significant heritage applications and other planning related matters. We encourage others to also submit their own comments to Rother’s Planning Department.

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January 2020

Council Budget 2020

Summary: Bexhill Heritage’s response to the Council’s consultation on the 2020 budget (

October 2019

RR/2019/2192/P – 45 Sea Road, Bexhill TN40 1JJ

Summary: Drop Kerb to front of property to create off road parking. BH objected on grounds of damage to the conservation area and street scene by the hard surfacing of the front garden. A subsidiary objection on the grounds of danger to pedestrians and cyclists was also lodged, even though the highway authority (ESCC) has not objected.
Position: Unresolved
Oct-19 | Oct-19 | Nov-19

August 2019

RR/2014/235/P – Gullivers Bowls Club, Knole Road, Bexhill TN40 1LJ

Summary: Redevelopment to form 39 private sheltered apartments for the elderly, including demolition and replacement outdoor bowls green, indoor rink, club facilities and car park. It was revived by the applicants in December 2018, the required publicity period was not completed until late August 2019. Bexhill Heritage objected to the principle and the detail. This application has a long and complicated history. Applicants have now withdrawn application.
Position: Withdrawn

RR/2019/430/P – Drill Hall, Down Road, TN39 4HS

Summary: Outline application, leisure centre, housing and hotel, including demolition of Drill Hall. Correspondence and meetings with former and current leader requesting retention of the front section of the Drill Hall. Application now amended to retain the Drill Hall (owners unwilling to sell) to exclude hotel (no interest from hoteliers). Dossier prepared for submission to planning committee members no longer needed. No further action needed by BH.
Position: Resolved
Mar-19 | Apr-19 | Jun-19 | Jun-19 | Jun-19

Beulah Baptist Church Buckhurst Road & Down Cottage Collington Lane East

Summary: Some letters to head of services (Tim Hickling) as part of continuing correspondence requesting building preservation notice and listing. RDC have now applied for listing for the church but not the cottage. We are seeking an explanation as to why Down Cottage is not a subject of an application. RDC have applied for listing of Beulah Baptist Church, result of their request awaited.
Position: Unresolved
Mar-19 | Apr-19 | Apr-19

Possible residential development Cemetery Lodge

Summary: Letter to RDC regarding security measures at the Cemetery Lodge with reminder of previous correspondence from BH. Several reminders sent, still no acknowledgement or response. Regarding the residential development we have had a helpful introductory meeting with Councillor Jay Brewerton and the director of the newly consituted Community Land Trust for Bexhill. The trust has appointed an architect and we we await sight of their preliminary ideas.
Position: Unresolved

June 2019

RR/2018/3127/P – Clavering Walk, Cooden

Summary: Outline application up to 85 dwellings. Objection on grounds of likely damage to Cooden Moat, a scheduled ancient monument, adjacent to site. Our objections were echoed by Historic England. The applicants, Bellway have appealed and a local inquiry is to be held in late November 2019. Though the council has withdrawn its objection regarding damage to the moat, as has Historic England, BH is maintaining an objection and has appeared at the Inquiry.
Position: Refused, inspectors decision awaited.

January 2019

Public Realm Strategic Framework

Summary: A letter in response to RDC public consultation – we criticised lack of any vision or guidance on East Parade and Listed seafront shelters. Interim repairs currently being carried out (
Position: Unresolved

December 2018

RR/2018/2966/P – Bexhill Cemetery, Turkey Road, TN39 5HT

Summary: New access in St.Marys Lane to serve residential development in the avenue and at Cemetery Lodge. BH restated its opposition to any developments in the avenue, and its support for the retention of Cemetery Lodge. It sought a condition preventing development in the the avenue.
Position: Approved without condition

Development And Site Allocations Local Plan

Summary: This Plan allocates sites for particular uses as well as setting out more detailed policies for the effective management of development in relation to key issues ( Final plan now adopted by council (December 2019) and details avaliable on RDC website.

RR/2018/2966/P – The Sussex Hotel, London Road, TN39 3LE

Summary: Extensions to existing hotel accommodation. Objection on grounds of damage to character of heritage building.
Position: Refused

RR/2018/2150/P – 30 & 32 Dorset Road, TN40 1SH

Summary: Demolition of semi-detached house, redevelopment of builder’s yard with flats. BH objection to demolition of Victorian house.
Position: Refused

RR/2018/2876/P – 40-42 Cooden Sea Road, TN39 4SL

Summary: Alter and extend with first and second floor additions, the existing building from 1No. retail unit and 1No. flat to 3No. commercial units and 6No. additional flats. Over development detrimental to appearance of central area of Little Common, set back of top-floor inadequate and crude, elevations not properly developed. Property now being marketed with planning permission.
Position: Approved

November 2018

RR/2018/2141/P – 26 Collington Avenue, TN39 3QA

Summary: Demolition of existing detached dwellinghouse. Erection of new four storey apartment building comprising 7 No. two bedroom apartments and 7 No. one bedroom apartments. BH objection on grounds of damage to character of area.
Position: Withdrawn

October 2018

RR/2018/2115/P – 5 & 7 Marina, TN40 1DA

Summary: Conversion and change of use of ground floor cafe into 3 No.flats (two within No.5 and one at No.7) including reinstatement of party wall. Additional flat in new roof to No.5 with front balcony. Other associated changes to front elevation. BH objection on grounds of inappropriate design and loss of heritage features.
Position: Refused, new application with no significant alterations to front of building approved.

RR/2018/2307/P – Wellington Place, Terminus Road, TN39 3LR

Summary: Objection drawings inadequate and lacking in detail to properly access important site along side a principal road to town centre.
Position: Withdrawn

RR/2018/2333/P – Wellington Place, Terminus Road, TN39 3LR

Summary: Object plans inadequate for important prominent site and not related to adjacent site.
Position: Withdrawn

September 2018

RR/2018/900/P – Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, TN39 3PD

Summary: Variation of condition 2 imposed on RR/2014/1670/P : approved plans amended to ‘as built’ on site. Second floor extension originally approved before BH existed. BH extremely concerned that heritage features not respected and approved plans not adhered to.
Position: Approved
Aug-18 | Sep-18

August 2018

Heritage Lottery Funding: East Parade

Summary: Rother District Council funding application to conserve the four shelters.

RR/2018/1815/P – Bexhill Sea Angling Club, De La Warr Parade, TN40 1AY

Summary: Demolition of existing building and construction of wooden replacement incorporating toilet and kiosk. Bexhill Heritage sought a more imaginative design and requested withdrawal of the application, the application was approved but later withdrawn.
Position: Withdrawn

RR/2018/1857/P – 40-42 Cooden Sea Road, TN39 4SL

Summary: Alter and extend with first and second floor additions, the existing building from 1No. retail unit and 1No. flat to 3No. commercial units and 6No. additional flats. BH objection on grounds of over development, out-of-character with village scene.
Position: Withdrawn

June 2018

RR/2017/1705/P – Spindlewood Drive – Land off

Summary: Outline application for residential development, circa 160 dwellings with all matters other than access reserved. BH objection on grounds of adverse effect on setting of listed buildings and demolition of entrance wall and gate piers on Barnhorn Road.
Position: Unresolved
Mar-18 | Mar-18 | Jun-18

March 2018

Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) – Beachy Head East

Summary: Recommendation to Huw Merriman MP to make Beachy Head East a Marine Conservation Zone (

February 2018

RR/2017/2452/P – 11 Ellerslie Lane, Moleynes Mead, TN39 4LJ

Summary: Redevelopment of land with 24no. unit residential development including new access road, associated parking and external amenity areas.
Position: Unresolved
Jan-18 | Feb-18

RR/2018/273/P – St Andrew’s Church, Wickham Avenue, TN39 3EN

Summary: Conversion of redundant church building into 11 flats including external alterations and erection of bin store and bike/external store building. Work underway.
Position: Approved

January 2018

RR/2017/2552/P – 10-12 Egerton Road, TN39 3HH

Summary: Demolition of existing buildings and erection of 52 bed hotel with basement car parking.
Position: Refused