A FORMER pub that has for years been an eyesore and hive of antisocial behaviour is set to be redeveloped.
The Malvern, in Malvern Way, on the Broomgrove estate, has not been used as a pub since 2005 and has since been converted into poor quality accommodation.
At a cabinet meeting, councillors resolved to start the process for a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on the building, which is owned by Bankwell Estates Ltd, with a view to the existing structure being demolished and new housing built by AmicusHorizon Housing Association.
AmicusHorizon is also keen to redevelop the adjacent shop site, however is being held up by a legal wrangle.
Councillor Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration at Hastings Borough Council, said: “This came to cabinet last October, and it has been a problem for a long time before that.
“It has been a focus for a whole range of low level, and sometimes not so low level crime and drug dealing.
“We owe it to the people there to sort this out.”
When the matter first came to cabinet the CPO was to go along with the redevelopment of the adjacent shop site, but now the council has decided to push on regardless in an effort to show commitment to improving the area.
Councillor John Hodges said: “I think it is an aberration, and had this aberration occurred in the leafy lanes of St Helen’s ward, it would not have dragged on.”
Two options for redevelopment are being considered, both of which would include building a number of family-sized homes.
The existing tenants of the former pub would be helped to find alternative accommodation.