Council to discuss student village plans

PLANS to transform a derelect site next to Hastings Station into a £10 million state-of-the-art student village will be disscussed on Wednesday (May 14) at the borough council’s next planning committee meeting.

Submitted by the University of Brighton, the application is for permission to build a seven storey halls of residence with 223 student rooms, including 11 wheelchair accessible rooms and one warden flat.

In 2007, approval was given to demolish a warehouse and workshops and develop five new buildings comprising of education, health and retail and 103 residential flats.

The current plans will replace the approved block of 76 apartments and a temporary landscaping scheme has been submitted along with the plans so that the previous approval for 27 residential flats is not compromised.

Several residents have opposed the plans due to concerns over the design of the building and protection of the cycle route/Greenway, and the council has received 12 letters and one petition opposing the application. But the Local Highway Authority(LHA) however, does not oppose the plans subject to land being secured at the back and front of the building for a potential cycle route.

The council has also received seven letters in support of the plans and the Hastings Housing Needs Manager supports the application on the grounds that it could potentially free up other accommodation in the town for those on lowers incomes.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 14, May at 6pm at the Town Hall, Queens Square, Priory Meadow. For more information call 451719.