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An inside look at the Observer Building

Embracing historical features, the Observer Building is set to be regenerated, becoming a live, work and leisure space. HOT’s Vicky Huggins takes a tour round the building to find out more: she also took the photos.

Posted 11:13 Thursday, Nov 12, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: The Observer Building White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures

Rocklands: Grounds for FoI refusal shown to be untrue

Hastings Borough Council’s record in dealing with the Bunker in Rocklands caravan park is not one to be proud of, involving as it does years of evasion and failure to engage with complaints. Now it is claiming the non-existence of documents that tangibly exist, as Chris Hurrell of Save Ecclesbourne Glen makes clear.

Posted 15:48 Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: 12(5)(b) Bunker Chris Hurrell FoI HBC Inspector planning Rocklands SEG

Construction of Queensway Gateway Road resumes

Sea Change Sussex has resumed construction of the Queensway Gateway Road after a long delay. The road is now following a temporary route while East Sussex County Council seeks to take possession of the area needed to fulfil its original trajectory through compulsory purchase. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 19:39 Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Bartlett Seat Combe Haven Defenders Nick Terdre QGR Queensway Gateway sea change Selep

Council ignores planning abuses (including its own)

The Rocklands mess does not get better. The caravan park’s current retrospective planning application for the Bunker uglifying the Country Park doesn’t mention the Bunker balcony extension put in after the Planning Inspector’s decision to forbid it. Hastings Borough Council (HBC) doesn’t mention it either, and has shelved its enforcement enquiry pending hearing of the application. Years after this controversy started, it remains all not good enough. Report and photos by Bernard McGinley.

Posted 16:54 Saturday, Oct 3, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: 470 Appeal decision Bernard McGinley breach Bunker Enforcement NPPF planning Planning inspector retaining wall Rocklands SEG vote

Trinity Triangle receives £2m for Heritage Action Zone

Local community groups are asked to come forward with their ideas for the Trinity Triangle, also known as America Ground, following Historic England’s award of £2m to be invested in buildings, public spaces and creative projects. Vicky Huggins reports.

Posted 21:37 Thursday, Oct 1, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Heart of Hastings Historic England Project Art Works

Council go-ahead for Observer building renovation

WRVN’s plans to transform the former Observer building in the Trinity Triangle have been given the go-ahead by council planners. The project is part of the Heritage Action Zone initiative, for which Historic England has announced funding of £2m. Nick Terdre reports.

Partial welcome from HBC for affordable housing fund

Hastings Borough Council has welcomed the government’s announcement of £12.2bn of funding for affordable housing, but questions whether it is sufficient. Nick Terdre reports.

MP reaffirms support for West St Leonards campaign

Local residents opposed to the council’s plan for a large housing development on the old bathing pool site in West St Leonards met last weekend with local MP Sally-Ann Hart, who, they report, supports their campaign. After lengthy delays the council has yet to sign an exclusivity deal with its chosen developer. Bryan Fisher of Save Our Bathing Site (SOBS) provides an update. 

Posted 10:02 Saturday, Sep 19, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: bathing pool site Carter Jonas HBC planning Sally-Ann Hart MP SOBS Sunley Town Deal West St Leonards
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