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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 Vicky Huggins

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

Bunker planning application makes independent remeasurement a live issue

With its latest planning application, Rocklands Caravan Park is seeking to go round (or supersede) the Planning Inspector’s decision regarding the notorious ‘Bunker’ beside Hastings Country Park. Will Hastings Borough Council (HBC) require remeasurement of the misshapen building before deciding on the application, to know what it’s dealing with? What about the other works on site? Bernard McGinley tries to find out, again.

Posted 11:35 Sunday, Sep 6, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Bernard McGinley Bunker Cllr John Hodges Country Park Enforcement HBC holiday let HS/FA/20/00470 Jeremy Birch planning planning breaches planning committee Planning inspector Rocklands SEG

ESCC’s Active Travel package hit hard by local opposition

In the face of local opposition East Sussex County Council’s package of walking and cycling schemes funded under the government’s Active Travel programme has been substantially reduced – only five out of 16 schemes are definitely going ahead while the fate of another two has still to be decided. Proposals for second round funding have been submitted. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 11:44 Friday, Sep 4, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: active travel cycling Grant Shapps Nick Terdre walking

Science-on-Sea: a flagship proposal for the Town Deal

Science-on-Sea is Hastings Urban Design Group’s proposal for the Town Deal, taking advantage of the town’s many connections with the sea. The cultural and scientific hub and visitor attraction would be centred on the redundant St Leonards church building on the sea front. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 19:07 Wednesday, Aug 26, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Hastings Urban Design Group Nick Terdre Science-on-Sea St Leonards church Town Deal
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