Saltdean’s bungalow plan ‘will make our lives worse’

NEIGHBORS have objected to plans to expand a bungalow over concerns about parking and ‘waste management’.

They want councilors to reject a planning application by Glenholme Group for a single-story rear and side extension of 67 Saltdean Drive that includes converting the garage into a “livable space.”

Glenholme operates an assisted living service at neighboring 69 Saltdean Drive, which is a concern for neighbors.

The company have made a separate application to Brighton and Hove City Council for number 67 to be converted into a small block of flats (HMO).

The side extension would include the garage and include two bedrooms with bathrooms and a laundry room. The rear extension becomes a combined living and dining room.

Floor plans submitted as part of the planning application include a “chill room”.

One objector said: “Waste disposal and vehicle parking is a problem at 69 Saltdean Drive.

“The development of 67 will exacerbate the situation. We have notified management on numerous occasions but nothing is ever done.

“We have care home staff regularly parking in our driveways, with the police having to be called at least twice in the last two months. Changing the allowed usage from 67 will add to the current problems for residents.”

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Another said: “Saltdean Drive was a beautiful residential street during my time here, but in the last three or four years it’s completely changed in character and appearance.

“It has become a gigantic parking lot, causing pollution and unwanted noise levels, as well as daily annoyances from reckless parking by non-residents.

“When the Glenholme Group received planning permission for number 69, residents were assured that caretakers would use public transport, thereby avoiding additional parking problems. This promise did not come true.

“The tiny parking lot nearby, built for shoppers, is always full, resulting in a build-up of on-street parking. Now with these additional planning requests, the nightmare will double the agony of living here.”

Independent councilor Bridget Fishleigh, who represents the coastal district of Rottingdean, which includes the west side of Saltdean, has stepped in.

She asked that the council’s planning committee decide on the application if officials were in favor of the permit because of residents’ concerns about traffic, noise and overbuilding.

A report to the committee said neighbors had expressed concerns about the prospect of the property being used as a nursing home.

However, the planning application was submitted as a “household application” and would only have to be “assessed with regard to domestic use”.

Glenholme said the proposed design and materials would “match” the building’s post-war look.

The company said: “These are well behaved additions that would not overpower the inn or alter its architectural form.

“There would be no undue change in the character and appearance of the dwelling as seen in the street scene.” Saltdean’s bungalow plan ‘will make our lives worse’

Fry Electronics Team

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