Dear Supporters

I want to make you aware of a proposed development on the site adjacent to the hospice and to ask for your signature of support.

Plans have recently been submitted to build a special educational needs school on the playing field immediately adjacent to the hospice. These plans can be found on the Eastbourne Borough Council planning website under reference 190812.

We have been aware of these plans for some time and I want to stress that we have no objections to the proposed development of the school, believing it to be a much-needed facility for Eastbourne. However, we do have some very specific objections about the proposal to locate the entrance to the school on the hospice’s access road, close to our car park.

We are also concerned about the potential noise impact as the playgrounds for the school will be facing towards the hospice. There are plans to erect a barrier fence, but we want to ensure that more noise assessment is done so that an appropriate barrier can be erected.

With regard to the road, we just do not believe it is wide enough to accommodate the additional traffic that will result from this school, which is being built for 135 pupils between 3 and 16 with autism and severe disabilities, all of whom will arrive and depart by taxi and private car. You will be aware that many people use this access road as overflow parking when visiting us. In the future, this will not be possible.

However, even without this line of cars, our access road is just not wide enough to cater for additional traffic from the school. We want further consideration to be given to locating the school entrance somewhere else.

Whilst I have written on behalf of the organisation and its Trustees, I feel that it would be extremely beneficial for a good number of our supporters to comment on these proposals, hopefully in support of our request that alternative access to the site be considered and registering concern about the likely impact on patients, families, health professionals and other visitors to the hospice. Please note that any consultation response has to be received in writing by Thursday 21st November 2019, quoting the reference number 190812.

You can respond to the Council in several ways:- 

  • By accessing the planning application via the below link and clicking on the tab ‘Make a comment’ (limited to 2000 characters) - https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/planning/application-summary/?RefType=APPPlanCase&KeyText=190812
  • By email to [email protected] but as a Word or PDF attachment. Please note that the Council will not accept comments made in the body of the email. Again you will need to quote the planning reference number 190812.
  • By post to The Planning Committee, Eastbourne Borough Council, 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4TW, again quoting the reference number. This would need to be received by 21 November 2019.
  • or by signing our online petition with the Council using this link -> Online Petition

I think it is better if any comment from you is in your own words rather than the council receiving many identical letters, so I have not written a template.

However, our main concerns are summarised as the access road is not wide enough to accommodate the extra traffic, which will be turning into an entrance close to our own hospice car park. Ideally, we want the entrance to the school to be in another place. We also want further surveys done about the potential impact of noise so that the design of a barrier fence is appropriate.

I hope that you will feel able to support this important issue so that we can maintain good access to and from the hospice.

David Scott-Ralphs

Chief Executive