Town Centre and Seafront Conservation Area Appraisal

Conservation Consultation - EBC Draft v4 V LO RES-1

Town Centre and Seafront Conservation Area Appraisal

Conservation areas were established in the late- 1960s as a means of preserving areas of historic and architectural interest, reflecting a change of public mood in favour of keeping the best of the past as well as investing in modern new- build developments like the tower blocks that for many define the era. 

The idea behind the conservation area was that by identifying areas worthy of preservation, and then imposing a set of enhanced conditions limiting the scope for adaptation and development, the character and integrity of an area could be maintained for future generations.

An Act of Parliament was passed in 1967, providing the legal base for conservation areas, and offering protection for areas of architectural and historic interest for the very first time.

Over the half century since, over 1200 conservation areas have been designated, representing the full spread of property and the broadest set of landscapes seen across the UK. 

Here in Eastbourne, we have 12 conservation areas, the largest of which is the Town Centre and Seafront, which includes many of our most public locations at the heart of the town, stretching all the way along the seafront from the Redoubt up to the Grand Hotel.

We are required to undertake periodic reviews of our conservation areas and have just completed an appraisal of the Town Centre and Seafront Conservation Area , which we are now looking to consult with the public on.

The consultation period runs from Monday 7 August until Monday 9 October 2017.

The full document is available as a PDF document by clicking here.

We welcome feedback and invite you to complete the conservation area appraisal form here.

We are also hosting a series of pop up public consultations in public places, and will be at

  • The Arndale Centre, on Tuesday 22 August 2017 from 0930 until 1300
  • The Arndale Centre, on Thursday 24 August 2017 from 12 noon until 1600
  • The Devonshire Collective Number 3 Building, Seaside, on Saturday 2 September from 10-12 noon

A guided walk around the area is scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday 14 September starting from the Town Hall steps at 2pm. Please register your interest by emailing 

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    7 Aug 2017 at 00:00
  • Closed
    6 Oct 2017 at 23:59

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