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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

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

Oversize Bunker cries out for HBC action

Rocklands Caravan Park and controversy seem to be inseparable bedfellows. Can Rocklands ever be a good neighbour to Hastings Country Park? It’s not impossible. But there’s no sign of it yet, as Bernard McGinley (a Friend of the Country Park) finds as he looks into the latest breaches of planning permission, and calls for firm action by the council.

Rocklands’ new planting scheme draws criticism

Another planting scheme has been submitted by the Rocklands Caravan Park owners to shield the prominent holiday-let home from outside view, but critics maintain it still falls far short of what is required. Permission is also being sought to re-install solar panels. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 08:24 Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 In: Home Ground Tags: Bunker Chartered Institute of Horticulture Chris Hurrell Nick Terdre Rocklands Caravan Park Save Ecclesbourne Glen SEG The Landscape Institute The Society of Garden Designers

Planting scheme moves closer to approval

Hopes that the Rocklands holiday-let building – the so-called Bunker – would be properly screened from view appear to be fading, following acceptance by the council’s tree officer of the revised planting scheme. In the view of the Save Ecclesbourne Glen group, this is, or was, probably the last chance to shield visitors to the Country Park from views of the much disliked building. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 12:25 Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 In: Home Ground Tags: Bunker Campaign for the Protection of Rural England Chris Hurrell Chris Wilken Country Park Freedom of Information Historic England Nick Terdre Rocklands Save Ecclesbourne Glen tree officer

Ombudsman upholds Rocklands complaint

The local government ombudsman has upheld a complaint about Hastings Borough Council’s handling of developments in the Rocklands caravan park, but acknowledges that the council has taken action to improve its procedures. Meanwhile the Save Ecclesbourne Glen group has again resorted to the Information Commissioner to get a proper Rocklands’ site plan from the council. Nick Terdre reports.

HBC ordered to disclose Rocklands document

When Save Ecclesbourne Glen (SEG) group requested documents which they believe will throw light on the causes of the landslip at Rocklands Caravan Park in the Country Park, Hastings Borough Council refused to release some of them. However, SEG’s complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been upheld and the council has now supplied the withheld documents. Nick Terdre reports.

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
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