Guidelines for Peacehaven and Telscombe to help developers, landowners and the Town Council understand the expectations on design for the area have been published by the Peacehaven and Telscombe Neighbourhood Plan (NDP) steering group.
The area covers Peacehaven Town with its historic plotlands which form a large part of the residential development and the Meridian centre which is the main centre for the two towns. It also includes East Saltdean, Telscombe Cliffs and Telscombe Village, which is a conservation area with the oldest building having Norman origins.
The guidelines have taken into account factors such as surroundings, street layout, mobility, nature and public spaces and have been divided into character areas such as the plotlands, coastal road and town centre.
Plotlands and coastal road
The guide will ensure that the plotlands retains its views to the sea and buildings must reflect the existing bungalows albeit with a more contemporary approach. The grid layout and green verges will be retained and types of housing have been suggested which reflect the character of the area.
Image: Proposed street transformation of Coastal Plotlands and Plotlands character area.
Proposals for the coastal road include an environment that prioritises pedestrians and cyclists, more spaces to interact and moving car parking to the rear of new buildings where possible.
More flexible public spaces have been suggested as well as walking and cycling connections to the wider town and providing enough car parking without dominating the landscape. Other recommendations include rainwater harvesting, solar roof panels, green roofs and electric car charging points.
The Design Guide will now be used to inform future development and will be used by developers and landowners to understand expectations and by community organisations as a way to promote community-backed development and to inform comments on planning applications. The full document can be accessed on the website.
Cathy Gallagher, Chair of Steering Group