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Mohsin Cooper tries again with Eastbourne telephone exchange plans

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Mohsin Cooper has submitted fresh designs for a long-sought transformation of an abandoned telephone exchange in Eastbourne on the South Coast

The practice, which has offices in London and Brighton, has handed an application for the residential scheme to Eastbourne Borough Council.

The new plans seek to address concerns raised when its previous proposal for the site, at 2-4 Moy Avenue, was rejected in 2016. It has reduced the number of homes from 95 to 89 and lowered the height of two blocks.

Developer Moy Court lost an appeal against this earlier refusal, but the practice has since had discussions with the council’s planning committee to inform the latest plans.

According to the design and access statement submitted to planners, ‘the scale and materiality of the development is of a civic and humane scale, with the central courtyard amenity space and setbacks of the proposed blocks providing the potential for a high level of design quality.’

The scheme would see the existing BT building refurbished and extended, with buildings of two to four storeys built behind it to create 83 flats and six maisonettes.

Planning documents note that the telephone exchange has been abandoned and vandalised.

Objections already logged on the council’s planning website since the scheme was registered earlier this month include complaints of overdevelopment and loss of amenity.



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