Plans for homes to be built on Hastings woodland

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Hundreds of residents have voiced their objections to proposals to build 31 houses and four flats on a piece of woodland.

Almost 600 people have written to Hastings Borough Council objecting to the scheme, which will come before the authority’s planning committee tomorrow (Tuesday, October 20).

Objectors have also signed two petitions in protest.

Developers have put forward proposals to build the homes on land south of Victoria Avenue.

The application site relates to a section of woodland at the northern end of the Ore Valley, which is part of Speckled Wood.

Planning officers from the borough council are recommending the plans be refused planning permission.

In his report, which will be presented to tomorrow’s planning committee meeting, Sam Batchelor said: “There has been substantial objection to this application from residents, particularly regarding the loss of the trees and impact on wildlife.

“The proposal clearly will result in the destruction of land that provides visual relief and amenity value to the area. The land is privately owned but it is known to be used recreationally and although the applicant demonstrated that impacts on protected species could be adequately mitigated, the proposal will nonetheless lead to some habitat destruction.

“There is no justification for this loss or proposals to provide compensation elsewhere.”

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