Tourist Accommodation Retention Supplementary Planning Document

1 Introduction

1.1 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.

1.2 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.

1.3 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 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.

1.4 This SPD is aimed at prospective applicants for planning permission to redevelop or change the use of hotels, guest houses and unserviced tourist accommodation that are located within the defined Tourist Accommodation Area. It sets out additional information on how planning policies relating to Tourist Accommodation will be implemented, and what is required in order to satisfy the policy and the reasons why such information is sought.

1.5 A Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is a planning policy document that builds upon and provides more detailed advice or guidance on the policies in a Local Plan. The purpose of a SPD is to help applicants make successful applications.

Status of Supplementary Planning Document

1.6 This draft Tourist Accommodation Retention SPD has been prepared for consultation with the local community and other stakeholders.

1.7 Once adopted, the Tourist Accommodation Retention SPD will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications. It will then supersede the Assessment of Financial Viability of Tourist Accommodation Supplementary Planning Guidance, which was adopted 2004.

1.8 This SPD will provide policy advice on applications relating to the retention of tourist accommodation until new policies are adopted as part of the new Eastbourne Local Plan. This is likely to be adopted in 2020.


1.9 This Draft Tourist Accommodation Retention SPD has been informed by a Tourist Accommodation Study, produced in 2015 by consultants Acorn Tourism Consulting Ltd. It has also been influenced by consultation responses received on the Seafront Local Plan Issues and Options Report, as well as thorough discussions with the Eastbourne Hospitality Association.

1.10 The Draft Tourist Accommodation Retention SPD will be subject to consultation with key stakeholders including tourist accommodation providers, the local community and other interested parties between Friday 23rd September and Friday 4th November 2016.

1.11 The SPD can be viewed and commented on via the Council's on-line consultation portal, which can be accessed via the Eastbourne Borough Council website ( Representations can also be submitted by email or via post.


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1.12 Following the 6 week consultation period, the Council will consider and summarise the representations received, and these will be an important source of information that will be used to refine the SPD in preparing the final version. This will be formally adopted by the Council and used to assist in the evaluation of planning applications.