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Tourist Accommodation Retention Supplementary Planning Document

Tourist Accommodation Retention Supplementary Planning Document

3 Planning Policy Context

3.1 The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) defines tourism development (including theatres, museums, galleries and concert halls, hotels and conference facilities) as a main town centre use.

3.2 One of the core planning principles of the NPPF is a requirement to proactively drive and support sustainable economic development. The NPPF requires local planning authorities to plan proactively to meet the development needs of business and support an economy fit for the 21st century.

3.3 This SPD will provide additional detail on the interpretation of the following adopted local planning policies:

  • Eastbourne Borough Plan Policy TO1: Tourist Accommodation Area
  • Eastbourne Borough Plan Policy TO2: Retention of Tourist Accommodation
  • Core Strategy Policy D3: Tourism and Culture

3.4 The full wording of the policies is contained within Appendix 2.

 

3.5 The policies relevant to this SPD are summarised below:

Eastbourne Borough Plan Policy TO1: Tourist Accommodation Area

3.6 Policy TO1: Tourist Accommodation Area designates an area along the Seafront as the Tourist Accommodation Area. The policy states that within this area, applications for proposals that are incompatible with tourist accommodation use should be refused.

Eastbourne Borough Plan Policy TO2: Retention of Tourist Accommodation

3.7 Policy TO2: Retention of Tourist Accommodation identifies that within the Tourist Accommodation Area, applications for the redevelopment or change of use of tourist accommodation to any other use will be refused.

3.8 The policy does provide exceptional circumstances for when permission will be granted for other uses, but this is dependent on the applicant demonstrating that the continuing use of land as tourist accommodation is not viable. The policy sets out the factors that will be taken into account in the determination of viability.

Core Strategy Policy D3: Tourism and Culture

3.9 Policy D3: Tourism & Culture recognises the importance of the entertainment, cultural and sports facilities to the economic prosperity of Eastbourne, and supports the preservation and enhancement of these through a number of measures including resisting the loss of visitor accommodation through the retention of a tourist accommodation area and protection policy.

3.10 Other extant policies will continue to be used to determine relevant applications including:

  • Borough Plan Policy TO3: Tourist Accommodation Outside the Designated Area;
  • Borough Plan Policy TO4: Improvements to Existing Accommodation;
  • Borough Plan Policy TO5: New Tourist Accommodation;
  • Borough Plan Policy TO9: Commercial Uses on the Seafront; and
  • Borough Plan Policy HO14: Houses in Multiple Occupation.