A BID to stop the ‘drip, drip’ effect of a changing street scene on Shoreham Beach has succeeded.
Plans to replace an existing bungalow in Old Fort Road with two houses featuring roof terraces have been refused.
The property designs were similar to others already approved in the road and councillors on Adur’s planning committee said they were concerned it was changing the character of the Beach.
Cllr Ben Stride said: “It is time to stop the rot that has set in on Shoreham Beach with such development.
“What we have got here is the drip, drip, drip effect. We are not against having development on the Beach, it is just the infrastructure is not there now.”
Principal planning officer Peter Barnett admitted: It is a design that is becoming quite common in the street now.”
Approval had been recommended, partly because it would help meet the needs of additional housing.
But Liza McKinney, from Shoreham Beach Residents Association, said: “It is overbearing in the extreme. It is totally ugly and a totally unimaginative design. Again, are we going to end up with a whole street of these square-topped buildings.”
Michael Smith, who lives in a chalet bungalow behind the proposed development, said it would block his light and he raised concerns about parking.
“It will be like looking at a prison,” he added.
Speaking in favour of the development, planning consultant Tim Rodway said: “It is clear this type of development and proposal has been established.”
But Cllr David Donaldson said: “The Beach is famous as Bungalow Town and it is fast becoming block-house town. They are just big lumps now and it is destroying the character of the Beach.”
Cllr Pat Beresford agreed: “We are almost inventing a new street scene in Old Fort Road.”