Residential Surveys in the Eastbourne Area
Eastbourne’s seafront consists mainly of Victorian hotels and most of its income as a town is derived from tourism, but also as a conference centre. 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.
Seaford and Newhaven
Seaford is a quieter town, though certainly not lacking in amenities, but with perhaps more of a family feel than its more upbeat 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 a ring-road strangling the town centre and an air of decline, with property prices to match, though 7% up on 2016— but she predicted a bright future for the place, with huge opportunities for growth. Semi-detached and terraced properties characterise the area.
Coastal Erosion, Risk of Flooding and Property Surveys
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, due to rising sea levels and increasingly severe storms, it is thought. 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.
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.