Planners vote for Old Town site visit

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AN unpopular bid to turn a workshop into a two-bedroom house in the Old Town has been put on hold after planners decided to make a site visit.

Members of the planning committee decided to go along to the site in Salters Lane to see for themselves what impact the plans would have.

At a meeting on Wednesday, the committee heard the plans had attracted 29 letters of objections from local residents.

The main issues were impact on the character of the area, access, parking, drainage, general disturbance, overdevelopment and loss of open space.

Addressing the committee, site owner Mr Reid stated neighbours should have complained when the workshop/greenhouse was first erected back in 1991.

A speech by Philip Bennetts, of The Croft, on behalf of residents stated: “The parks and gardens of this area should not be lost.

“A condition for granting planning permission is the character and amenity of the area would be protected – this is not satisfied.”

Ward councillor John Hodges made an impassioned plea to the committee to undertake a site visit.

He said: “It’s necessary to appreciate the lie of the land and understand the impact the dwelling would have. This is an application that would detract from the unspoilt vista that is Hastings.

“There is no more room for parking in Croft Road and it’s an unenviable intrusion into the eco-system.”

A site visit was proposed by Cllr Michael Wincott and seconded by Cllr Emily Westley.

The visit was carried nine votes to one with only Cllr Matthew Beaver objecting stating he ‘did not feel it was necessary’.