Councillors to decide on Hastings housing plan

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Detailed plans for 3,500 homes and 70,000 square metres of business space are set to be given the green light by councillors on Wednesday (September 23).

Hastings Borough Council’s development management plan (DMP) was published in June with details on where the houses would be placed by 2028.

Councillors will decide on whether to accept the DMP and the proposed changes by the planning inspector, Richard Hollox, at a full council meeting at the Town Hall at 5pm.

The DMP splits the borough into 13 ‘focus areas’ and suggests plots within each with potential for development and how many houses and how much business space could go there.

Filsham and Bulverhythe in St Leonards and Hillcrest and Ore Valley were identified as the areas to take the highest number of houses in the borough – up to 700 and 540 homes respectively.

Little Ridge and Ashdown was also earmarked for development, with a possible 165 homes at Holmhurst St Mary and 140 at Harrow Lane Playing Fields.

The council also recommended an extra 8,400 square metres of commercial space for Hastings and St Leonards.

Mr Hollox’s modifications include deleting a proposal for a wind farm on land south of Upper Wilting Farm, ensuring longevity of the listed buildings at the former convent of Holy Child Jesus and houses on Church Wood Drive, Victoria Avenue and Old London Road.

Councillors are recommended to thank planning officers and Mr Hollow for their efforts on the report and wish him a happy retirement.

The DMP can be viewed online at www.hastings.gov.uk/content/environment_planning/planning/PDFs/ldf/dmplrevisedsubmissionfull.

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