Controversial St Leonards houses proposal set for green light?

The plot of land on West Hill Road that planning officers have given the green light to build on. Photo by Google Street View April 2016 SUS-160817-141450001
The plot of land on West Hill Road that planning officers have given the green light to build on. Photo by Google Street View April 2016 SUS-160817-141450001

A plan to build two semi-detached houses on a plot of green space with sea views in St Leonards could be approved despite a petition signed by 195 people.

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) planning officers have recommended approval for the scheme on West Hill Road with councillors set to decide on Wednesday (August 24).

Officers believe the one-storey development would not harm the nearby Grosvenor Crescent conservation area nor the residential amenities.

But the petitioners and the 35 objectors disagree, claiming it would be a significant loss of a valuable, historic green space and would set a ‘dangerous’ precedent.

The developer wants to build two modern, semi-detached houses with three bedrooms each, in the shape of a arch, with a garden and space for four cars at the front.

Two people did send support for the scheme, describing it as an intelligent use of the land which would not ruin neighbours’ views.

Officers concurred as two previous applications for the land have been withdrawn over concerns about the impact on the area, with officers claiming they were ‘too conventional for this unconventional site’.

HBC planning committee will make the final decision on the scheme at Aquila House council chamber at 6pm.

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