Controversial plans going to the High Court

Bowling Green, Knowle Road, Bexhill
Bowling Green, Knowle Road, Bexhill

Opponents to controversial plans to build retirement flats at the Gullivers Bowls Club are to take their fight to the High Court.

Rother District Council’s planning committee previously granted permission for Churchill Retirement Living to demolish the club and build 39 sheltered apartments on the site in Knole Road.

But objectors called for a judicial review into the decision and a claim was officially lodged with the High Court on December 30.

After several attempts by Churchill Retirement Living, planning permission was granted for the development late last year.

As well as the 39 private apartments, the development will include communal facilities, access, car parking, a new bowling rink and club facilities.

Some 28 letters of opposition were sent to Rother District Council at the time.

Objectors claimed that Bexhill did not need any more new flats, especially for the elderly, and argued that the development would not bring any benefit to the town centre economy.

Fears were expressed that the building would exacerbate flooding problems.

And objectors also highlighted Rother District Council’s previous decision to protect Gullivers Bowls Club by designating it an Asset of Community Value.

A date has yet to be set for the High Court hearing.