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Plans for culture and education hub in South Downs

Plans for culture and education hub in South Downs

October 30, 2023

Major plans have been submitted to turn a former dairy farm into a culture, arts and education hub.

Plans have been put forward to the National Park Authority for Black Robin Farm, off Beachy Head Road, Eastbourne.

The applicant, Eastbourne Borough Council, has applied for a change of use of the site to include a cultural and education centre with business studios, refectory and event space, as well as the construction of a new gallery building. The proposals include new pedestrian access and works to the existing vehicle access, associated infrastructure, vehicle parking, and landscaping.

The proposed hub would be operated by Towner Eastbourne.

Naomi Langford, Major Projects Officer, said: “This is a significant and innovative proposal in the landscape.”

The formal consultation period on the plans ended last month and it is hoped a decision will be made on the proposals by spring next year.

Artists impression of the plans