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Dismay at Baird demolition plan
John Logie Baird
John Logie Baird lived in Bexhill for the last five years of his life
A plan by developers to knock down a house in East Sussex which belonged to television inventor John Logie Baird has sparked concern from historians.

Baird Court, on the corner of Upper Sea Road and Station Road, in Bexhill, would be replaced with a five-storey block of 51 flats.

The inventor lived in the property from 1941 until his death five years later.

The building does not have listed status but campaigners say it is a vital part of the town's heritage.

Undercover work

Heather Morrey, from the Society of Bexhill Museum, said Baird Court was an important landmark with great worth and great charm.

"It really preserves the architectural integrity of the area," she said.

The building was the last residence of John Logie Baird, and Ms Morrey said it was believed he carried out some vital research work there.

John Logie Baird's former home in Bexhill
The building was renamed Baird Court after the inventor's death

"He was involved in some secret war work... it is thought that he was working undercover in the field of radar and electronics," she added.

The house, opposite Bexhill railway station, was renamed Baird Court after the inventor's death, and a plaque was put up.

It was later converted into two flats and two maisonettes.

Plans to demolish the property were first submitted earlier this year, but were rejected by councillors on Rother District Council in July.

Following a failed bid by English Heritage to win the building listed status, plans for the site were resubmitted and considered by councillors on Thursday.

However, a decision on the application was deferred for consideration at the next planning meeting in November.

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