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Wednesday 21 February 2024

New Arts Education & Cultural Centre Granted Planning Permission For The South Downs

Planning permission to create a world-class arts, education and cultural centre in the unique landscape of the South Downs National Park has been granted. It is expected work will begin on the centre at Black Robin Farm in 2024.
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Black Robin Farm, situated on a site that was formerly a dairy farm, and embedded in the rolling South Downs landscape, will transform lives by connecting communities and visitors with the outstanding nature, landscape and cultural heritage of the Downlands for health, wellbeing and education. 

It is planned to be a new type of culture centre where art, culture, heritage and ecology will come together as a new eastern gateway to the South Downs. 
Black Robin Farm will offer a new destination for 100,000 visitors annually within five years, revitalising Eastbourne's visitor economy and bringing sustainable growth to the town and more broadly to East Sussex. 

Visitors will engage in the cultural heritage of the South Downs through public artworks in the landscape, exhibitions, creative activities, artist and maker events and a high quality, locally sourced and sustainable food and drink offer. 

Black Robin Farm will be designed with sustainability and site specificity at its core, by Stirling Prize shortlisted architects Feilden Fowles, with a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
The landscape-led project will also act as a catalyst to connect the iconic landmarks of Beachy Head, Birling Gap, Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Haven. 

With new walking, cycling and sustainable and accessible transport routes between the sites, it will provide a coherent visitor offer for the one million national and international visitors to the region each year.  
Joe Hill, CEO and Director, Towner Eastbourne, said: 

"We are delighted that planning has been granted on this significant project for Eastbourne and more broadly for arts, tourism and culture. 

"It will allow us to deliver an ambitious and sustainable artistic and educational programme situated in - and around - the nineteenth century dairy farm set in the stunning and unique landscape of the South Downs National Park. 

"Our vision is to change lives through high quality creative and cultural experiences that raise aspirations, change career directions and improve life outcomes as well as skills and training that enables young people to pursue careers in the creative industries, tourism and leisure."
The Black Robin Farm project aims to achieve Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) excellence status. 

by: Mike Cobley


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