Tourist Accommodation Retention Supplementary Planning Document

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Tourism is crucial to Eastbourne’s economy. In 2014, over 5 million people visited Eastbourne, contributing nearly £380 million to the local economy with 20% of all jobs in Eastbourne being supported by tourism-related spending. A significant proportion of this income is generated through overnight visitors staying in the town’s hotels, guesthouses and holiday flats. In order for Eastbourne to continue to thrive as a tourist destination there needs to be an appropriate supply of accommodation to cater for visitors.

Since the current planning policies relating to tourist accommodation were adopted, there have been significant changes in the tourism market, and particularly shifts in the behaviours and attitudes of tourists to the types of holiday, the destinations they visit and the type of accommodation that they want stay in.

It is crucial that the accommodation stock remains fit for purpose and meets the requirements of current and future visitors to the area in terms of quality, type and quantity. To assist in this endeavour, Eastbourne Borough Council is preparing a Tourist Accommodation Retention Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to update the interpretation of existing planning policies relating to tourist accommodation in light of changes in the tourism market and the expectations of overnight visitors.

The Tourist Accommodation Retention SPD is being published for consultation with the local community and stakeholders,commencing on Friday 23 September 2016 and concluding on Friday 4 November 2016. The Tourist Accommodation Retention SPD and associated documentation can be accessed below. Comments can be made by either commenting directly on the SPD via this consultation portal, completing and returning a representation form, or emailing comments to

For further information, please contact the Council's Regeneration & Planning Policy team via or 01323 410000.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    23 Sep 2016 at 09:00
  • Closed
    4 Nov 2016 at 17:00

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