Decision on Queensway Gateway road on Tuesday

Hollington Valley
Hollington Valley

The controversial Queensway Gateway road scheme in St Leonards is set to get the go-ahead to be built.

Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee will be discussing the proposals tomorrow (Tuesday, December 15) from 6pm at a meeting at the White Rock Theatre.

Planning officers are recommending the £15m road is given the green light.

But more than 800 people have voiced objections to the scheme so far.

The Combe Haven Defenders have highlighted concerns in a council report which says that air pollutants would ‘exceed critical levels’.

Tezel Bahcheli’s report also says ‘significant impacts on ecology from changes in air quality are identified’, campaigners from the protest group pointed out.

The report, which will be presented to councillors at tomorrow’s meeting, also says: “Habitat loss is likely to result in adverse impacts on reptiles, dormice, breeding birds, and bats. Mitigation and compensation measures, including a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP), all of which can be controlled via planning conditions, will go some way to alleviate the effect. It is acknowledged that there will be some adverse effect.”

Protestors from the Combe Haven Defenders claim the Queensway Gateway road will create unlawful levels of air pollution and said they have documents stating the road would bring around 24,000 vehicles a day.

The group said the applicant SeaChange’s own evidence shows air pollution levels at ecological receptors in the Hollington Valley Local Wildlife Site would be up to 570 per cent above permitted levels.

Planning permission for the road was passed by the council in February but subsequently quashed in June.

Gabriel Carlyle brought a legal challenge to the High Court, saying the borough council should not have granted permission as the road would breach national and EU laws on air pollution.

The council subsequently apologised that a report, which went to the planning committee in respect of the road did not draw members’ attention to the policy regarding air quality.

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