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The restoration of the Bay Hotel, as well as changing the fortunes of the hotel may also be changing the fortunes of Pevensey Bay. The plans for local economic growth are now demonstrable. Anderida House is in such a prominent position, with such a proud history. As well as pointing at 45 degrees like an obelisk to the heritage of Beachlands, perhaps the building will now also point to our future and become part of a new chapter in our story, coming to be known as one of the first buildings that formed part of a pattern of new niche shops here.
—Bay Life, 6 September 2019

A new planning application for Anderida House has been received by Wealden Council.

Location:
ANDERIDA HOUSE, 1 WALLSEND ROAD, PEVENSEY BAY, BN24 6AE

Proposal:
CHANGE OF USE FROM DANCE STUDIO TO A1 RETAIL
The application dated 23 July 2019 is made by Cycletech, based in Westham, with Hunt Commercial as the agent.

A1 usage includes shops, and retail warehouses.

Cycletech is currently based at Unit 3, The Drill Hall, Eastbourne Road, Westham.

They say, “Cycle Tech is an established bike shop selling new and used bikes, and offering repairs and servicing for all types of bike, from tandems and mtb’s to road bikes and hand trikes.

“We also stock an extensive range of bike parts and accessories, including tyres, inner tubes, bells, wheels, chains, handlebars, saddles, locks, and grips and are happy to fit them while you wait.

“As a reputable company, we pride ourselves on offering a cost-effective service to all of our customers, and we are here to help”.

The previous application by owners was to turn the building, which has a historic link with the Beachlands estate, into flats.

At the time Bay Life commented (28 August 2018), “The proposal to develop Anderida House into six flats is an abject poverty of thinking.

We said “Anderida House forms part of the jigsaw that is the 400 year old story of Pevensey Bay.

“Built by Martin and Saunders in the early nineteen thirties, the property formed the basis of their promotion of Beachlands and points towards what was to have been ‘a modern town in its entirety’. The building is at a key location and of some note.

“The design and access statement by Challinor Hall Limited, Architectural design about Anderida House fails to say anything about the building”.

“The story of Martin and Saunders and T. Cecil Howitt and Beachlands fails to get a mention in the Challinor Hall Limited design statement about the building.

“Under the heading of social context, they say, “six additional dwellings will be created to aid the government’s desire to boost significantly the supply of housing. The application building contributes to the character and visual amenity of the area”.

“In what sense does the building of six flats on this site of note contribute to the “character and visual amenity of the area”?

“In the design statement of the economic context of the building we hear “future occupiers would support the local economy. The building would generate Council Tax and supporting local facilities, services and infrastructure”.

“Is what Challinor Hall Limited say in any way useful?

“Pevensey Bay is desperate with regard to economic regeneration. What we require is vision, economic and social thinking in context, and most importantly investment.

“Turning the site of historic note to the village into six flats would do nothing to promote the social or economic character of Pevensey Bay.

“The sustainability of the fragile infrastructure of the kind that we see in Pevensey Bay should be uppermost in the decision making process.

“The poverty of thinking by Challinor Hall Limited in their design statement is abject.

Talking about the application by Cycletech to relocate their business to Anderida House, Simon Montgomery, editor of Bay Life said “assuming that Cycletech respect and understand the heritage of Anderida House and the importance of the building to the history of Pevensey Bay, which of course we assume will be the case, then news of the application is likely to be widely welcomed.

He added, “for economic regeneration in the Bay, this business could mean something for both residents and visitors”.

“What is beginning to happen here is that we are seeing the relocation of niche businesses that could have sustainability value to the community.

“The arrival of niche shops in Pevensey Bay is being linked to the extensive renovation of the Bay Hotel, in my view there is clearly a link”.

This is the third niche business that is planning to come to Pevensey Bay, an arts and crafts shop plans to open here and we are aware of one further niche shop that may be coming here.

Simon added, “my view is that Pevensey Bay is likely to welcome Cycletech with open arms

“A cycle company is a perfect fit for the village.”

Without question, we can now see, with the restoration of the Bay Hotel, the story of local economic regeneration beginning.

Perhaps with economic regeneration, Pevensey Bay can become more like the traditional Pevensey Bay, with local shops again, recast for a new age.

These kinds of thing are happening elsewhere in some small coastal communities, they could happens here as well. Localism as well as bringing huge challenges for small communities can also deliver dividends.

The essence of this unique small coastal location is the community shop base, network of cafes and services.

If we begin to move beyond the village being noted just for the number of hairdressers and take-aways and the common perception that we do not offer a small visitor experience of any description with regard to browsing shops, then the remaking of the village cast in a new light, for a New Age, could begin.

Perhaps this is what is happening.

The restoration of the Bay Hotel, as well as changing the fortunes of the hotel may also be changing the fortunes of Pevensey Bay. The plans for local economic growth are now demonstrable.

Anderida House is in such a prominent position, with such a proud history. As well as pointing at 45 degrees like an obelisk to the heritage of Beachlands, perhaps the building will now also point to our future and become part of a new chapter in our story, coming to be known as one of the first buildings that formed part of a pattern of new niche shops here.

Cycletech coming to Pevensey Bay could become a new cog in the wheel of local industry.

A cycle shop would be a great addition to the spirit of Pevensey Bay.