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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Is preparation work beginning on the Kings Drive Development?

April 12, 2011 4:03 PM

After the independent planning inspector turned down the borough council rejection for a housing development off Kings Drive, it seems that preparatory work may have started on the site.

Stephen Lloyd MP said 'I was contacted this week by local residents from the Rodmill telling me that on Tuesday workmen had appeared on the Chatsworth estate land by Kings Drive. I have immediately written to the Duke of Devonshire seeking reassurance that these excavations have nothing to do with the proposed Taylor Wimpy housing development. Though we had lost to the Chatsworth Estate when the planning inspector overruled the Councils rejection of the site for development, a follow up meeting I had with the Duke and subsequent letters have made it clear that the residents do not want a housing development on this precious green space.

He added; that he 'will be very disappointed and concerned if the Chatsworth Estate is developing a building site with Taylor Wimpy and I know local residents will be as well. Perhaps these excavations are innocent in their nature, but I am seeking reassurances from the Duke as a matter of priority.'