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Bay Life understands that the decision over the appeal process and the development of the Beach Tavern site has now been made.

After over a year fighting by the community to stop developer Ray Ross with his plan for a three storey monstrosity planned to be the heart of the village, the village will finally know their fate in week commencing 15 January 2018, and what verdict has be reached as part of the final appeal process.

The venue for the announcement of the decision is yet to be decided, but Bay Life believes the announcement will be made at a public hearing in Hailsham.

The information that the decision will be announced, week commencing, 15 Januray 2018, has been placed in the public domain without further comment here, on the Appeals Casework Portal of the Planning Inspectorate.

We are about to know the fate of the village.

Nearly five hundred people signed a petition objecting to the development, Wealden Council voted unanimously against the plan, with one abstention.

Martin Beeney, who lives just 8.6 metres away from the proposed development, put it best, “I think it will be the beginning of the end for the village if this building goes ahead”.

Walking along the Eastbourne Road, an active resident and campaigner paused on her dog walk and said to us in November 2017, ‘if this final appeal is won, what will all the planning regulations mean, what will the decision of Wealden Council mean, what will the petition signed by 500 people mean, what will all the objections mean, it will mean that anyone can do anything and all the planning regulations do not mean a single thing, that is what it will mean.’