A Norman’s Bay resident is stunned that Rother District Council’s planning committee agreed to allow a beach workshop to be turned into a home.
Nigel Jacklin, who has lived in Norman’s Bay since 1992, claims this permission for change of use at Heron’s View is “unprecedented.”
He believes the brick building, 120 years old, is an historic asset to the area being part of its working heritage and also has one of the few remaining saw pits left in Sussex.
He was shocked by new owners of the workshop being given permission to live inside it - and wants “normal” people engaged in work there as before.
He said: “We are disgusted that the proper procedures don’t seem to have been followed. It’s a shame. When we moved there, a man was running the workshop, and a fisherman with his boat, a nice working village. People don’t understand we like it with normal working people there - they want it to be tidied up, that’s what gets me going.”
He is also concerned about a neighbour’s move to stop public parking on the beach and commented: “It’s all part of that nimby aspect.”
Planning permission was granted against the recommendation of officers but this is “not unusual” according to chairman of the planning committee Cllr Brian Kentfield.
He said that members consider basic facts, conditions and policy presented to them by officers and occasionally consider it “not appropriate” to follow the recommendation laid out in the planning agenda, having examined the location and circumstances of the area.
“No personal circumstances are taken into consideration whatsoever,” he told the Observer this week.
“It’s just one of those things. Perhaps in this instance they thought it would be okay to go down that path, and that’s where they went.”