Green light for controversial seafront development

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to demolish an historic seafront bungalow and build a pair of detached houses have been given the go ahead by the council.

Adur District Council’s planning committee voted in favour of knocking down the Cliffe in Brighton Road, Lancing, despite strong opposition from neighbours.

Lancing resident Richard Wheeler lives opposite the 100-year-old property and has campaigned against the plans.

He said: “We are not too happy. Several councillors on the planning committee pulled the plan to pieces but then still voted for it.

“They questioned everything but there was no indication anything would be done.

“If that’s democracy then it stinks. We feel badly let down.”

At the meeting last Monday night, objections were raised by residents and councillors alike.

Cllr Liza McKinney said the plan was ‘extremely ugly’.

“Increasingly, we are seeing this kind of design. It is a shame because it could have been so attractive to look at,” she said.

Discussions centred on the appearance of the wood to be used in the build, after a nearby development had weathered badly and is considered an eyesore by many.

The architect, Mr Theobold, said he would explore treatment to try to ensure the wood retained its colour.

Speaking afterwards, Cllr Carol Albury said the issues raised by residents, although perhaps valid, were not ones on which the plan could legally be rejected.