Eastbourne is a much-loved seaside tourist destination and there are also plenty of reasons to set up home here. At Robinson Elliott Surveyors we are experts in Eastbourne and Sussex properties and have specialist knowledge of the impact that coastal conditions can have on the fabric of buildings.
You need an expert building surveyor if you’re buying near the sea
The attractions of Eastbourne are it’s seafront, the nearby South Downs countryside and a growing number of commercial and cultural attractions, from shopping at the marina to the new Towner art gallery. Once thought of as a place for elderly people, the 2011 census show it is increasingly a town for the young as well, with many students, families and London and Brighton commuters.
It has a huge range of properties from smart apartments overlooking the sea and large detached properties, to small terraced houses, and 60s bungalows nestled at the foot of the Downs.
You’re never far from the sea here, and its effect on property should never be ignored. That’s why, if you’re thinking of buying in Eastbourne, you need a chartered surveyor who knows the area as well as Peter Robinson.
You need the same thorough approach to surveys for nearby Seaford and Newhaven
Seaford is a quieter town, though certainly not lacking in amenities. It has more of a family feel than its more upbeat, bigger neighbours, Brighton and Eastbourne. In 2017, it was one of the UK’s top five towns for property price growth and has become a commuter hub with good transport links for people travelling to larger towns along the coast, Lewes or London.
In 2017, Newhaven’s MP, Maria Caulfield, described the port as, ‘the Cinderella when it comes to regeneration,’ with an air of decline. Even so property prices were 7% up on 2016, and the MP predicted a bright future for the place, with huge opportunities for growth. Semi-detached and terraced properties characterise the area.
Our property surveys cover Coastal Erosion and Risk of Flooding
Take care, Sussex is slowly being washed away! A recent study (by Dr. Dylan Rood, Dept. of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College, London) has shown that the erosion rate of the East Sussex coast has accelerated to between 22 and 32 cms a year. Rising sea levels and increasingly severe storms are thought to be to blame.
The coastline at Newhaven, Seaford and Birling Gap is particularly vulnerable, with the Environment Agency forecasting the loss of as much as 20 metres of land by 2025 unless robust defences are put in place. In addition, low-lying coastal properties are assessed as being at ‘significant risk’ of flooding—and flooding with salt water is a serious matter, with potential damage to concrete, brickwork and electrical systems as well as metal corrosion.
When we carry out our property surveys, we will take these geological and environmental concerns into consideration, as well as the damage that is caused when gales blow corrosive salt-spray and sand inland.
Before undertaking an inspection for your HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, we carry out a desktop investigation of matters which could affect the property and its occupiers. This includes a review of local planning matters such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, HM Government’s flood map, Public Health England’s radon map and the British Geological Survey’s data on bedrock and superficial ground conditions.
Here’s one example of how our chartered surveyor services in Eastbourne have helped clients:
During a recent survey of a property on the edge of Eastbourne we alerted our client to the proximity of the flood risk zone, so that she was aware of the possible effect on the future value of the property.