Family furniture firm plans a major facelift

Bexhill Town Hall SUS-161205-111335001
Bexhill Town Hall SUS-161205-111335001

A well-known family-run furniture business is seeking planning permission to expand its store in Bexhill.

The owners of Sussex Beds have applied to demolish the existing retail unit on King Offa Way and build two new buildings on the site - one within the footprint of the existing premises and one in the current parking area.

If Rother District Council grants planning permission for the scheme, the work will take place in two phases.

Phase one will see the new retail unit built in the car park, allowing staff to move in before the existing building is demolished and rebuilt during phase two.

In a report prepared for the council, the developer says: “After completion the area will be rejuvenated and transformed into a forward-thinking retail park with a contemporary and eye-catching aesthetic, which will serve to bring new life and business to the area.”

Planning permission was granted for a similar scheme in 2008, but the work never took place and permission expired in 2011.

The new development will include 28 car parking spaces, three disabled spaces and three cycle spaces.

The width of the entrance will be narrowed by 2.7m to allow for the extra parking spaces.

There will be no windows on the north facing façades in order to avoid any overlooking into neighbours gardens.

It is not clear whether the popular model dinosaur, which currently stands guard in front of Sussex Beds, will be a feature at the new look store.

Rother District Council’s planning committee will make a decision on the plans at a later date.

To view the plans or make a comment, visit the RDC planning website and search for RR/2018/2199/P.