Controversial housing plan given go ahead

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FOUR new houses will be built just yards from ancient woodland despite objections from local residents.

Breathe Developments Ltd successfully applied to the borough council’s planning committee to build the properties in Stone Court off Gillsmans Hill.

The firm plans to build four, two bedroom houses on the site which was part of the County Council’s Hastings Spur Road Phase Two.

The committee heard the Spur Road was rescinded last year and the site would no longer be protected from development.

Residents argued about the impact the development would have on trees and the ecological effect on slow worms and badgers.

But a report to members by planning officer Tom Tanner stated there would be no material harm to the neighbourhood.

Ward councillor Phil Scott addressed the committee asking members to consider the impact of the development on wildlife in the area.

Committee chairman Godfrey Daniel, who moved the motion, said: “The site is not in ancient woodland. It’s not a place of beauty and I fail to see how we can substantiate refusal.”

The motion was carried by seven votes to two.

Speaking after the meeting, cllr Scott, said: “I am very disappointed for residents who have made their objections known,

“I share their view there will be a loss of amenity value with trees being taken out.

“There are also real concerns here about the impact the development will have on the wildlfe.

“The ancient woodland is close by and it is clear that the significant badger population in and around the area will lose further foraging ground.”

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