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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.

Hastings harbour proposal : Electoral impact?

HOT’s Chandra Masoliver talks with Chris Hurrell, local campaigner and Labour Party member, about the Hastings harbour proposal, his experience of dealing with Hastings Borough Council (HBC), democracy and the recent borough elections.

Rocklands: Beyond a boundary

Posted 06:30 Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 In: Home Ground Tags: Chris Hurrell conservation area Country Park HBC Historic England Old Town Conservation Area planning Rocklands Save Ecclesbourne Glen SEG

Further clampdown on accountability

Whatever happened to openness and transparency at HBC? asks Chris Hurrell of the Save Ecclesbourne Glen campaign. Changes to the Constitution of Hastings Borough Council were approved by full Council without any discussion by councillors in July 2017. These changes have removed the rights of the public to have certain planning applications considered by the Planning Committee.

Posted 18:25 Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 In: Home Ground Tags: Chris Hurrell HBC local democracy minor material amendments MMA Save Ecclesbourne Glen Section 73 SEG Town & Country Planning Act 1990 trees

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

Council ordered to disclose Rocklands report

Hastings Borough Council has been ordered by the Information Commissioner’s Office to release a document which should throw light on the cause of the landslip that has led to the closure of part of the Country Park. Nick Terdre reports.

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