Boost for campaign against plans for 160 new homes

CAMPAIGNERS battling developers’ plans to build more than 160 homes on the former Hastings College site in St Leonards have received a major boost.

Council planners said Gladedale’s revised scheme for the Archery Ground still lacked detail and added they were currently unable to recommend approval before the application went before the planning committee.

Objectors from Save The Archery Ground (STAG) say the scheme represented an overdevelopment.

More than 750 residents have written to the council in protest at Gladedale’s plans.

Nick Perry, parliamentary spokesman for Hastings and Rye Liberal Democrats, who has campaigned alongside objectors, said: “While STAG has done a fantastic job in rallying local people to the cause, we must not be complacent or take our eye off the ball.

“All the planners are saying as I understand it is that they need more information from Gladedale before a final decision can be made.

“What Burtons’ St Leonards needs from Gladedale is a whole new approach to the Archery Ground site – one which preserves its architectural heritage. Nothing less will do.”