Residential Development for sale: Pevensey Road, Eastbourne

Reference: URE1710


For sale by tender closing at midday on Friday 6th April 2018. A substantial Grade II listed church with D1 use. The church halls have planning consent to convert into ten one bedroom flats. The whole to be sold as a single lot.


A substantial Grade II listed church with D1 use (place of worship, education etc); and meeting rooms & hall which have planning and listed building consents to convert into ten one bedroom flats.


At the heart of Eastbourne town centre, about midway between the railway station and seafront.  This is an area of mixed uses being mainly residential, retail and leisure. 


The church and its associated buildings stand on a corner site. The church itself is entered from Pevensey Road and faces southeastwards; its side façade faces southwest on Susans Road. Next to it on this road is the Sunday school and church hall, which also has a northwest elevation along Langney Road. The church entrance is in a canted buttressed porch next to the tower, which stands at the southeast corner. There are two pairs of lancet windows in the porch, each with trefoils above. A wide seven-light lancet window with tracery and trefoils is above this. The double doorway in the porch has a carving of a verse from Psalm 100: “enter his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise”. The Susans Road façade is of five bays, each with a gable and arched windows at the upper (gallery) level. There is another porch at the northeast corner.

The tower has three levels, with crocketed buttresses to the lower and middle stages. The upper level has a belfry with louvres and trefoil-headed windows. Above this, the spire is of stone and has lucarnes (small dormers popular in Gothic architecture) and a weather-vane.

The original interior survives. A wooden gallery, supported on slender iron columns, runs round below the hamme-rbeam roof. Other fittings dating from the church's opening include pews, a pulpit and an organ case originally fitted with a three-manual pipe organ.

The church hall is a two-storey Decorated Gothic building of stone, with gables, cast ironwork and lancet windows with tracery. The adjacent Sunday school, also of two storeys, has a Jacobean appearance, with battlemented turrets in several places.There is a two-window range on the Langney Road side; each has prominent transoms, mullions and pediments. The Susans Road façade has a four-window range, mostly with leadlights. Inside, a staircase with ornate cast ironwork survives.


Planning and Listed building consents have been granted under references 170033 and 170036 at Eastbourne Borough Council.  The property address is given as Central Methodist Church, Langney Road BN21 3EU.


Because the property is both listed and a Place of Worship an EPC is not required.

Eastbourne Information

4 theatres • 4 golf courses • 1 marina • 6 infant schools • 6 junior schools • 6 secondary schools  • 11 primary schools • 4 private schools • 1 free school • Sussex Downs College • Brighton University

Eastbourne Arndale Centre - £85m is currently being invested on the extension of the Eastbourne Arndale Centre. The development includes about 25 new retail units a nine-screen cinema and new restaurants.

Devonshire Park Development - work has started on a £49m scheme to create a brand new Welcome Building that provides conference halls, break out & hospitality areas, a café with views over the famous tennis lawns and a fully accessible entrance to the Congress Theatre and Winter Gardens. The existing Devonshire Park Theatre, Congress Theatre and Winter Gardens are being extensively  restored with improvements to the infrastructure and current administration offices which are to be  converted into additional meeting rooms.


The property will be sold by tender which closes at midday on Friday 6th April 2018.  A substantial legal pack is available on request. 







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Reference: URE1710

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