Plans for an education centre at a former dairy farm in the South Downs have been approved.

Black Robin Farm which overlooks Eastbourne will be transformed into a £10 million centre for arts, education and culture.

The site, just off Beachy Head Road, would have business studios, a refectory and event space and a new gallery building.

South Downs National Park Authority granted permission for the centre subject to conditions at County Hall in Lewes on Thursday.

The Argus: Artist impression of the culture centreArtist impression of the culture centre (Image: Feilden Fowles)

Mike Hughes, interim director of planning for the authority, said: “This new hub will provide the public with extensive opportunities to connect with the culture, history, geography, ecology and land management practices of the area.

“Cultural heritage and providing opportunities for people to enjoy the National Park are the authority’s two key purposes and these proposals enhance both.

“There are also some significant habitat improvements that will bring a boost for wildlife.”

The Argus: The hub will host classes and other activitiesThe hub will host classes and other activities (Image: Feilden Fowles)

The hub will be operated by Towner Eastbourne.

The scheme includes areas for chalk grassland restoration, and the restoration of two dew ponds. There will also be new hedgerow planting for wildlife.

It is estimated the cultural centre will attract up to 100,000 visitors a year and the proposals include sustainable travel measures, such as improved public bus services.