Published on Wednesday, 18th March 2015


McCarthy and Stone have launched an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for their development on the old nightclubs site on the seafront. There will be a public inquiry and there is an opportunity to submit new comments – either for or against. The attached letter gives details (click here).


The scheme was refused permission solely on the grounds of design and while an inspector can widen the grounds for refusal that only happens under exceptional circumstances and in practice the appearance of the building is the only matter that will be considered.


There are numerous examples of better buildings that have been erected on the seafronts of other towns, although the test for getting planning permission is not that the design could not be improved but simply that it is good enough. The whole of national planning policy is based on that assumption.


I live adjacent to the site and so have an interest in the application. I will take advice on whether I can speak on it though and will do so if permitted.

Tags: Planning, Seafront