Tourist Accommodation Retention Supplementary Planning Document


Appendix 1: Glossary

Core Strategy - Adopted in 2013, this Local Plan sets out the long term strategic planning vision for Eastbourne to 2027.

Day-trippers - a visitor who visits for the day and spends the night elsewhere.

Development Plan - A set of documents, comprising the Eastbourne Borough Plan 2001-2011 saved policies, the Eastbourne Core Strategy Local Plan 2006-2027, the Eastbourne Town Centre Local Plan 2006-2027, and the East Sussex Waste and Minerals Plans.

Eastbourne Borough Plan 2001-2011 - Adopted in 2003, contains policies mainly related to development management. The policies were saved indefinitely in 2007, although some have since been deleted as a result of the adoption of other Local Plans.

Eastbourne Local Plan - Currently under production, the Eastbourne Local Plan will replace all existing adopted planning policies. It is anticipated that the Eastbourne Local Plan will be adopted in 2020.

Local Plan - The plan for the future development of the local area, drawn up by the local planning authority in consultation with the community. In law this is described as the development plan documents adopted under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

Online Travel Agency (OTA) - An Online Travel Agency is a website that allows booking of hotel rooms, holiday packages, etc. Tourist Accommodation providers can advertise their product with OTA and customers can book rooms via the OTA website, with the OTA taking a commission.

RevPAR - Revenue per available room is a performance measure used by the tourist accommodation industry and is calculated by dividing total room revenue by the number of rooms available (or multiplying the average daily room rate by the occupancy rate).

Section 106 Agreement - Section 106 (S106) Agreements are legal agreements between Local Authorities and developers linked to a planning permission, made under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

Tourism - The World Tourism Organisation's definition of tourism is: 'a social, cultural and economic phenomenon which entails the movement of people to countries or places outside their usual environment for personal or business/professional purposes'.

Tourist Accommodation - an establishment that has a room, or rooms, to rent for a fixed period generally no greater than three months. This accommodation is not the renter's primary residence and the renter generally contributes to the revenue of the town, is not registered to vote in the town and is not a burden on local social services.

Tourist Accommodation Study - A study undertaken by Acorn Tourism Consulting Ltd in 2015 on behalf of Eastbourne Borough Council to better understand the up to date position in relation to the amount of tourist accommodation in the town, the need to retain existing accommodation and the need for new or improved accommodation in the town.

Appendix 2: Adopted planning policies relating to tourist accommodation

Borough Plan TO1: Tourist Accommodation Area

Policy TO1: Tourist Accommodation Area

Within the tourist accommodation area, shown on the Proposals Map, planning permission will be refused for proposals which are incompatible with the tourist accommodation use.

In considering proposals for development within this area regard will be made to the different lifestyles and special requirements of tourists. This consideration will include the following:

  1. the effect on residential and visual amenity (see Policies HO20 and UHT4);
  2. the likely hours of operation;
  3. safety and security implications.


Borough Plan TO2: Retention of Tourist Accommodation

Policy TO2: Retention of Tourist Accommodation

Within the tourist accommodation area identified on the Proposals Map planning permission will not be granted for the redevelopment or change of use of tourist accommodation to any other use. In this Policy "tourist accommodation" means serviced tourist accommodation (Class C1 use) and unserviced tourist accommodation.

Only in exceptional circumstances will planning permission be granted for any other use. This means that the applicant must demonstrate that the continuing use of land as tourist accommodation is not viable.

In determining viability the following factors will be taken into account:

  1. the location of the premises;
  2. the physical condition and cost of repair of the premises;
  3. the potential for refurbishment, including the cost of works;
  4. the potential for conversion to other tourist uses, including the cost of works;
  5. the market valuation of the property reflecting the above factors;
  6. whether the direct costs of running the business can be covered; and
  7. whether a commercial rate of return on investment can be achieved.

However, factor g) above will be excluded from the viability analysis in all instances where the operator has private accommodation on the premises comprising at least 10% of the building (defined in terms of the proportion of the total habitable floor area, excluding hallways and landings).


Borough Plan HO14: Houses in Multiple Occupation. 

Policy HO14: Houses in Multiple Occupation

Planning permission will be granted for the establishment and retention of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) provided they comply with residential, visual and environmental amenity considerations set-out in Policies HO20, UHT4 and NE28.

HMOs will not be permitted in the tourist accommodation area defined in Policy TO1.


Core Strategy Policy D3: Tourism and Culture

Policy D3: Tourism and Culture

The importance of the entertainment, cultural and sports facilities to the economic prosperity of Eastbourne is recognised. The Council will support the preservation and enhancement of these through the following measures:

  • Resist the loss of visitor accommodation through the retention of a tourist accommodation area and protection policy;
  • Support the appropriate upgrading of existing hotels and holiday accommodation to provide improved facilities for visitors as well as supporting proposals for additional accommodation in the sustainable centres;
  • Support new entertainment, cultural and sporting facilities in Eastbourne, where appropriate
  • Recognise the value of the South Downs National Park as a visitor and recreation asset and work with the Park Authority, to protect the area from development which would damage or adversely affect its character and/or appearance;
  • Support the retention and enhancement of the entertainment, cultural and sports facilities in Eastbourne through development management measures resisting changes which would lead to a downgrading in the town's cultural integrity and/or appearance;
  • Prepare a strategy for the future of the seafront area through the production of a Seafront Area Action Plan; and
  • Promote the development of the Wish Tower restaurant to provide an enhanced asset for the benefit of residents and visitors.


Appendix 3: Tourist Accommodation Area