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Bunker screening fails to hide the eyesore

Following their successful Bunker appeal, Rocklands have now submitted a planting scheme to screen the building from public view, a condition imposed by the planning inspector who heard the appeal. Approval or rejection of the proposed scheme will be decided by HBC planning officers who however have declined to take any comments from the public. Chris Hurrell of Save Ecclesbourne Glen (SEG) assesses the scheme.

Posted 11:03 Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Bunker Chris Hurrell Country Park Hastings Borough Council HBC John Hodges Rocklands SAM Save Ecclesbourne Glen Scheduled Ancient Monument Scheduled Monument Consent SEG

Concerns aired about Observer Building plan

Concerns about the proposed development of the Observer Building in central Hastings were aired at a public meeting on Monday, with former local councillor Godfrey Daniel providing advice on how objections should be framed. The period for submitting comments has been extended to 9 September. Nick Terdre listened in.

Posted 10:34 Friday, Aug 26, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Basement Endeavours Flint Group Godfrey Daniel Jeff Kirby Jess Steele Land Registry Meanwhile Space Nick Terdre Observer building Printworks Richard Upton Rock House university of brighton White Rock Trust

Grassroots 1066 events gather momentum

As the date of the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in mid October draws near, HOT is learning of more grassroots events to commemorate the occasion, as Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 14:25 Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Battle Abbey Battle of Hastings Battle Ramblers Bo-Peep Bulverhythe David Clarke Ecclesbourne Glen explanatory boards Harald Hardrada Hastings 950 Tapestry Hastings Local History Group Heather Grief Keith Leech Movement Nick Terdre St Clement St Michael’s Hospice Suzan Aral

Battle of Hastings mosaic goes on display

A marvellous recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings has gone on display at St Mary in the Castle, after being transported halfway round the world from New Zealand. The recreation, a steel mosaic, also includes historical sections missing from the famous tapestry. Nick Terdre went to view it. Photos by Tracy Hobden, Hastings Borough Council.

Posted 20:17 Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Battle of Hastings bayeux tapestry Edward the Confessor Fulford Gate Guinness world record Harald Hardrada Hastings Borough Council Kevin Boorman New Zealand Nick Terdre Peter Cocker William

Early 2017 start to Archery Ground construction

Following approval for the changes it requested to the Archery Ground planning permission, developer Gemselect says it expects to be ready to start construction in about six months’ time and have the first houses ready for occupation after another two and a half years. Nick Terdre reports.

Public meeting on Monday 22 August to discuss revised plans for the Observer Building

The public consultation period for the revised plans for the Observer Building is soon to close, which has caused a flurry of activity on the borough council planning website, writes Erica Smith. It’s also led to local resident Lorna Lloyd co-organising a public meeting about the proposed changes with Castle Ward Forum councillor, Lee Clarke.

Posted 16:39 In: Home Ground Tags: Cllr Council Flint Hastings Jeff Kirby Observer building Printworks revised plans

Archery Ground developers get their way

Cabinet ministers and others agree that the Archery Ground in St Leonards-on-Sea is part of a site of national importance. Hastings Borough Council is less impressed, and their relentless indulgence of developers has continued anyway. Following approval by the planning committee of owner Gemselect’s request for changes, Bernard McGinley wonders what happened to good housing and St Leonards.

Posted 11:05 Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Archery Ground Archery Villas Bernard McGinley Burtons' St Leonards Society Chris Hawkins Cllr Patmore Council Constitution Decimus Burton Gemselect Gladedale HBC HS/FA/09/482 HS/FA/13/00590 HS/FA/15/00175 James Burton Marcus Beale NPPF Orbit planning committee Planning inspector R Norman Shaw STAG tenure-blind development

The Bunker: planning chief provides handy advice on how to turn refusal into approval

Many questions remain as to how the notorious ‘Bunker’ in Rocklands caravan park was fast-tracked from refusal to planning consent. Digging in the files, St Leonards exile, Richard Heritage, uncovers a revealing memo of a meeting between Hastings Borough Council’s then development manager and the owners of the caravan park – and finds that the two applications for the same proposal were assessed completely differently.

Posted 06:17 Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Bunker Country Park Guilliards Hastings Borough Council Hastings Planning Strategy High Weald AONB John Waterhouse Kevin Boorman Ray Crawford Richard Heritage Rocklands Save Ecclesbourne Group
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