THE decision by Selsey Town Council to back plans to restore a Grade II listed building and build three new homes in the garden behind it has raised objections from residents.
Sessions House, which has been the ‘face’ of Selsey for decades, is to be restored but some residents have said the move will be a tragic loss for the town.
Resident Rosemary Ogden said it would be ‘tragic to lose yet another beautiful and historic building for commercial gain’.
Selsey Town Council met to discuss the plans and councillors threw their weight behind it.
Selsey district councillor Roland O’Brien said: “Five or six years ago a fire burned the building down and since then it has been covered in tarpaulin.”
“I think the pragmatic view is if these plans do not go ahead, we are going to be stuck with an eyesore for many years to come.”
Chairman of planning at the council Ben Cooper said: “Rightly so there are concerns about the three homes which are planned for the back garden.
“In the scheme of things it has been decided it was an acceptable form of development given what it is going to add to Selsey.
“The applicant has spent a lot of time with the council to get the design for the buildings and they are sympathetic and as low-impact as they can possibly be on that particular site.”