I have just sent the following letter of objection to Bexhill Town Council as all comments for consideration are due by the end of this week.
Gulliver’s Bowls Club is at the heart of a green enclave creating a small arts-and-crafts ‘villa quarter’ in Bexhill.
The proposed development of thirty-nine retirement apartments on this site is not aesthetically outstanding and does not respect the graceful curve which is the outstanding architectural feature of our Knole Road apartments. The curve traces the sweep of the coastline with the echoing low-tide rock formation beyond.
Historically it is surely the gentle exploitation of this geographical feature and the rip-curl tide which has given Bexhill its pleasure beach complete with Old Bathing Station Cafe and the fold-away summer beach huts.
It is because Bexhill sustains so well its cultural and architectural assets set in natural Sussex beauty that I was attracted, I hope amongst others, to relocate from London.
If this attraction is now diminished it will neither be to the benefit of the local economy nor add lustre to to the heirloom ‘String of Pearls’ including our De La Warr Pavilion.
This sensitive site merits sensitive and sustainable architecture which should contribute diversity to the concept of community.