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Application number WD/2018/1596/F

Bay Life has now had the opportunity to study some of the draft documentation behind the application that could see Anderida House, in Pevensey Bay. listed as a building of historic note. This story was first reported yesterday (Friday 7 September).

We have also had the opportunity to talk to the key author, a local resident, responsible for the documentation.

Without question, the documentation is well drafted and of potential value in the process that could lead to the pivotal building in the story of Beachlands becoming listed.

The author told us this morning (8 September), “I have completed an application but not submitted it yet”.

Asked about the submission date of the documentation, the local resident added, “next weekend to get this finished and submitted’

What is impressive about the documentation, in draft form, from what we have seen, is that the basis of the application has an understanding of the context in which Anderida House was built.

This story is increasingly being seen as an untold chapter in documetation of the birth of Modernism in this country, at a point (1933) when the term was yet to be coined in relation to architecture in this country or in use in common parlance.

A big factor in the story is the news that is becoming more widely known outside Pevensey Bay.

The father architect of Beachlands was one of the pre-eminent provincial architects of the 20th century, T. Cecil Howitt, from Nottingham.

The documentation includes original material from August 1934, in which the building is cited and features as part of the planning and promotional stage of the Beachlands project.

The possibility of listed status would not just bring visitors from across the country to find out more about the story of Beachlands, but also could have a bearing on the future of Pevensey Bay.

Putting Pevensey Bay on the map of early modernism in this way, could have both social and economic value.

With regard to the significance of Pevensey Bay in the telling of the story about the birth of seaside modernism in the country, perhaps we are about to see the start of some small new element in the national story about to unfold..

Is the office of the estate agents, Martin and Saunders, at Anderida House in Pevensey Bay, heading for some kind of national attention identified as being a building of note in the story of the birth of modernism in the country?

Much of course could follow in terms of the promotion of one element of the vernacular values of Pevensey Bay to a wider audience, and in the case of Anderida House, to a national audience.

Are we about to see the possibility of listed status for Anderida House becoming a pivotal moment in the history of Pevensey Bay?

Congratulations to the author of the listing submission.