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Is Boris Johnson planning for his mates?

That’s the question posed by Hastings & Rye Liberal Democrats in response to news that the Conservative government is holding a consultation prior to putting new legislation through the House of Commons in respect of town-planning.

Council’s roadmap to carbon-neutral Hastings

Armed with a climate change strategy and action plan, Hastings Borough Council has embarked on a journey to make the town carbon-neutral by 2030, as called for in the climate emergency motion approved last year. Nick Terdre describes the main features of the plan.

As Council prepares to sign contract, what’s best for the Bathing Pool site?

The future of the Bathing Pool site is in possible peril, but it’s all (mostly) a secret until the lease is signed — some time soon. How high will this development go? Bernard McGinley takes a look around Seaside Road and a much-loved open space.

The supposed necessity of building over lower Bohemia

Who wants a rich ghetto instead of the green spaces of Horntye Park, Summerfields Woods, the Oval, White Rock Gardens and the Convent? The report proposing it was commissioned by Hastings Borough Council.  Bernard McGinley wades through the jargon and comes up for air.

Posted 20:33 Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 In: Home Ground Tags: AAP Bernard McGinley Bohemia convent DFLs' charter HBC Horntye Local Plan planning redevelopment Summerfields The Oval Wessex Economics White Rock Gardens

Viability loophole hits affordable housing

The government has announced measures to tackle Britain’s housing crisis, including ending the abuse of viability assessments by developers to dodge their obligations to build affordable housing. In the first of two articles Nick Terdre looks at how viability assessments have become so problematic, the council’s response and how the town’s supply of affordable housing has suffered.

Posted 21:02 Monday, Mar 26, 2018 In: Home Ground Tags: affordable housing Cil Community Infrastructure Levy District Valuer Services Gemselect Green Party H3 Hastings Borough Council HBC Julia Hilton Laing Liberal Democrats Local Plan National Planning Policy Framework Nick Perry Nick Terdre NPPF Orbit Peter Chowney Phil Scott planning committee SPD Station Plaza supplementary planning document Theresa May

Yes and no to government housing proposals

The government has promised to roll out new measures, aimed at both local planning authorities and developers, to tackle what it calls the ‘housing crisis’ and boost house-building. Council leader Peter Chowney welcomes some of the proposals but is less impressed with others. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 07:24 Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018 In: Home Ground Tags: David Cameron development housing housing crisis local authorities Local Plan Margaret Thatcher nimbyism Park Lane Goup Peter Chowney planning Sajid Javid Station Plaza housing development Theresa May

Action group mobilises to oppose Gemselect’s high-density housing plans for the Ore Valley

Ore Valley Action is mobilising support to oppose plans for a high-density housing project off Frederick Road in the Ore Valley. A meeting will be held on 2 December to inform the local public what the plans entail. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 11:47 Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 In: Home Ground Tags: Frederick Road Greenway Hastings Borough Council Ian Sier Local Plan Ore Community Land Trust Ore Valley Action OVA SeaSpace Speckled Wood Stills site

An application of low standards

Local residents interested in commenting on planning applications which affect them will have become aware as they make their way through the developer’s documents of various common shortcomings – the poor quality of the English, sometimes to the point of incomprehensibility, inaccuracies, inconsistencies and misrepresentations in the project descriptions, and in some cases the absence of important details. Bernard McGinley turns a critical spotlight on the proposed project at 21 Upper Maze Hill in St Leonards and finds plenty to alarm him.

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