Development for St Leonards bathing pool site?

Old bathing pool site, St Leonards. 3/1/12 ENGSNL00120120301161439
Old bathing pool site, St Leonards. 3/1/12 ENGSNL00120120301161439

Houses could soon be built on part of the former bathing pool site in west St Leonards, which has lain empty for more than 30 years.

Hastings Borough Council is expected to agree at its meeting on Monday November 2 that the former bathing pool site should be developed, and to appoint agents to market the site.

But the council says it wants to devote some of the site to ‘leisure uses’ and wants to have control over what housing is eventually built on the land.

Council leader Cllr Peter Chowney said: “This is the last large vacant seafront site in Hastings, and we’ve been keen to regenerate this area for some time.

“We want to develop the site for mixed housing and leisure uses, with the housing paying for development of the rest of the site.

“Because of the large surface water holding tank in the centre of the site, and flood risk, there are constraints on how the site can be developed.

“Housing would have to go at the eastern end, and the centre part left as open space.

“But we are determined to improve this area, making it a place that people will want to visit, to help improve the local economy.

“We do understand that the site is important, and sensitive, and will ensure that any development is appropriate, and built to the quality and standard of design that such a prominent and sensitive site deserves.

“So we won’t just be selling the site to a developer. Rather, we will be working with a developer to make sure we have control over what gets built there, and what it looks like.

“That will mean involving the local community in developing detailed proposals, but meaningful consultation can really only take place as plans are developed and brought forward.

“So, if cabinet agrees, we will be marketing the site to look for a developer who can work with us in the way we want, and come up with proposals for how the site could be developed to achieve our plans.

“Clearly we are only at the very start of the process at the moment. It may take two or three years before development begins.

“But by starting now, we can take advantage of a grant provided by East Sussex County Council which will help to reduce our cost and risk, and ensure that this long-empty site is developed to the benefit of the local community, and to visitors.”

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