Council seeks local opinions on new employment sites

WHERE should new houses be built or new employment sites be located over the next 16 years? That’s what Hastings Borough Council is asking local residents to comment on.

A series of exhibitions are being organised over the next month from The Bridge Community Centre in the east of the borough to Tilekiln Community Centre in the west. It also includes a whole day in Priory Meadow on March 3. The exhibitions will give everyone the chance to look at options for development sites, chat to planners and pass on their views.

Councillor Peter Chowney, the borough’s lead councillor for regeneration and planning, said: “This is only one stage of consulting residents on possible development sites. Following this informal consultation we will then agree a preferred set of sites and that then goes out for a formal 12-week consultation later in the year. Finally it goes to a public enquiry in front of a planning inspector.

“The final document, the Development Management Plan, will then be adopted by the council to guide future developments towards the end of next year.

“At this stage residents can come along to the exhibition, they can comment on the council website or just write in. If anyone thinks additional exhibitions are needed in other parts of town or would like a planner to come to their local community meeting let us know and we will see what we can do.

“In fact we are doing far more than our statutory duty in this consultation and more than other councils are. So I do hope local people will take advantage of this opportunity.”

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