4 Tourist Accommodation Area

4.1 The Tourist Accommodation Area is defined by Eastbourne Borough Plan Policy TO1: Tourist Accommodation Area. It encompasses an area where it is considered that visitors would most expect to find tourist accommodation, and where it is appropriate that the needs of tourists should prevail in considering other developments.

4.2 At present, the majority of tourist accommodation stock is concentrated within the Tourist Accommodation Area. Whilst a seafront location with unobstructed sea views is a prime location, it is felt that some of the areas behind the seafront that do not have views of the sea or front onto gardens/squares do not have the same locational quality. It is in these locations where there is a large concentration of lower quality accommodation that is struggling to compete, and this is where there should be a gradual reduction of poor quality stock that will not be fit-for-purpose in the medium to long term, which in turn should help stimulate investment in better quality accommodation appealing to a broader range of visitors.

4.3 In order to ensure that that tourist accommodation that is within the prime and most popular areas is retained, and poor quality stock in less prominent locations can be reduced over time, it is considered that the Tourist Accommodation Area should be divided into Primary and Secondary Sectors.

4.4 The Primary and Secondary Sectors of the Tourist Accommodation Area have been identified in consultation with the Eastbourne Hospitality Association. The Sectors are identified in Figure 1, and a more detailed plan is provided in Appendix 3.

4.5 The Primary Sector encompasses the parade immediately adjacent to the Seafront from the Hydro Hotel in the west to the junction with Carlton Road in the east, as well as the area between Howard Square and Wilmington Square and adjacent to the Congress Theatre.

4.6 The Secondary Sector includes the areas behind the seafront, including Jevington Gardens, Compton Street, Elms Avenue, Marine Road and Cambridge Road.

4.7 The identification of Primary and Secondary Sectors of the Tourist Accommodation Area recognises that the location of the premises has changed since its adoption, which is one of the criteria needed to demonstrate compliance with the policy.

4.8 Despite the identification of Primary and Secondary Sectors within the Tourist Accommodation Area, the Tourist Accommodation Area will still remain, and where the Tourist Accommodation Area is referred to in other policies, it is the full area that will be relevant.

4.9 This means that under Borough Plan Policy HO14, a change of use to a House in Multiple Occupation will not be permitted, even if a tourist accommodation establishment can demonstrate that it is no longer viable under the criteria set out in this SPD.

Figure 1 - Diagram showing Tourist Accommodation Area and Primary and Secondary Sectors