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Peter Chowney, second from left, at the launch of a new edition of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (photo: HBC).

Peter Chowney responds to council critics

Rocklands, the Country Park, Sea Change projects – Hastings Borough Council’s handling of such planning and development issues spawn regular critical contributions to HOT’s columns and high levels of readership. We invited council leader, Peter Chowney to respond to some of the criticism, which he did in a recent interview with Nick Terdre.

Creative milieu? The HBC planning department is in the newly refurbished Aquila House.

HBC planning department – up in the top ten?

Is Hastings Borough Council’s planning department one of the 10 best in the country? Planning officials and Labour councillors think so, based on a rating drawn up by the independent Planning Advisory Service. The Save Ecclesbourne Glen campaign group found the claim mystifying and asked Chris Hurrell to look further into it – further indeed than the council, which could not even tell him how the rating was arrived at. Chris came to a rather different conclusion, as he describes here.

Protests outside the Town Hall against planning permission for the Queensway Gateway road (photo: CHD).

Hastings: development or democracy?

How is local democracy bearing up in the face of the development-at-all-costs policy handed down by central government and eagerly embraced by local government? Not very well, in the opinion of Michael Madden, who argues that we must find our way back to a world in which our elected representatives act in our interests.

Alma Villas Photo Richard Price

Highways Department gains £10,000 by supporting application

Local planning applications often seem to be a contentious topic – and the proposal to demolish a bungalow and build ten houses was one that catalysed a vehement response from local residents. Local Government and Planning freelance journalist, Richard Price, reports.

The remains of the main college building on the Archery Ground.

Archery Ground: Orbit seeks changes while Gemselect demolishes vandalised building

Orbit Homes has lodged its second application to vary the conditions of the planning permission granted in 2013 for the redevelopment of the Archery Ground, a move which has prompted objections from various parties. Meanwhile Gemselect has reached a memorable milestone with the demolition of the main college building. Nick Terdre reports.

Landslide at Ecclesbourne Glen

Country Park anger

There have been some strange developments down by the Hastings Country Park… Bernard McGinley gets his wellies on to investigate some slippery territory.

The future of 1 and 3 Chapel Park Road is under threat.

Future of St Leonards on the line

Overlooking Warrior Square Station are two Victorian villas, 1 and 3 Chapel Park Road.  The planning application to replace them with a block of 29 flats will be considered by the planning committee this coming Wednesday, 6 November, at a meeting in Hastings Town Hall starting at 6pm. Local resident Bernard McGinley considers the implications for St Leonards.

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