Garages demolition receives go-ahead from council

DEVELOPERS will be allowed to knock down 11 garages in the Old Town despite residents’ concerns.

A separate application to build two houses on a plot behind Barley Lane was turned down by Hastings Borough Council (HBC) officers because they felt the designs would not fit in with the surrounding conservation area.

There were also issues around access to the new houses and the impact they would have on wildlife, and local residents were up in arms over the plans.

But developers pressed ahead with an application to demolish the garages on the site and the HBC planning committee gave the green light at its meeting last week.

Tony Boardman who lives near the site accepted the garages had “no architectural merit” but he said that losing the garages would compound the parking problems in the area and said neighbours were worried that removing them would encourage future applications for houses.

Roy Crawford of HBC said that the garages had to be considered in isolation and that there were no planning grounds to refuse the application. He reassured Cllr Andrew Cartwright that demolishing the garages would have “absolutely no effect” on any future development plans. The application was passed unanimously.