The facade of the department store building could be saved in the new store and apartment plan

Former TJ Hughes store front in Eastbourne could be saved

Long-awaited proposals for the redevelopment of a historic building in Eastbourne are due to be presented to planners next week.

On Monday, Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee is expected to consider a request to redevelop the former TJ Hughes building in Terminus Road, creating 65 apartments above 710m² of retail space.

The TJ Hughes department store closed in 2019.

Originally, the entire building was to be demolished as part of the plans, an idea that drew heavy criticism from residents. and hundreds of people signed a petition. The plans have however been revised, with the existing facade of the building now to be retained.

In a report recommending approval of the project, an Eastbourne planning spokesperson said: ‘The development proposals utilize a currently underused brownfield site in a highly sustainable location by partial demolition, including the conservation of part of the building’s frontage, and redevelopment to provide an intensified mixed-use scheme comprising retail space and residential accommodation spread over six floors.

The spokesperson added: “The proposal is in line with the development plan and is therefore recommended for approval subject to conditions and an S106 agreement to obtain a local labor agreement and public transport/environmental improvements .”

Unlike previous proposals for the site, the project met with only one objection from a local resident. Additionally, it enjoys the support of several local groups, including the town’s Chamber of Commerce and The Eastbourne Society.

The program will have no parking for residents other than two handicapped parking spaces. However, residents will have access to 80 bike slots, an automobile club program and a communal garden.

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For more information, see application reference 220633 on the Eastbourne City Council planning portal.