Developers unveil scheme for new Hastings homes

Photo shows Hastings registry office with Summerfields Business Centre in the distance
Photo shows Hastings registry office with Summerfields Business Centre in the distance

Residents got their first glimpse this week of proposals to build new homes at Summerfields Business Centre.

A pre-application planning forum was held by Hastings Borough Council at the town hall on Tuesday (October 6) where developers outlined the scheme.

The application involves the building of more than 30 homes, comprising of a mixture of flats and houses.

Martin Hull, from planning consultants, Kember Loudon Williams, said the scheme, if it gets the go-ahead, will include the redevelopment of two offices units at Summerfields Business Centre, off Bohemia Road, as well as the current register office.

In August it was announced the East Sussex County Council-run registration service will eventually move from its current base in Bohemia Road, replacing a previous plan for it to relocate next to the existing Hastings Library, in Claremont. The register office could be up and running in the town hall by spring 2016.

The scheme on the land at Summerfields comprises a total of 31 homes, 21 of which will be flats and the remaining 10 as houses.

The site area covers 6,465 square metres and the proposed homes would provide accommodation for more than 100 residents.

A total of 42 parking spaces would be provided under the scheme, as well as cycle provision.

Hastings Borough Council is the applicant for the proposals.

Residents and councillors who attended Tuesday’s meeting raised several concerns over the proposals. Councillor Andrew Cartwright said he was concerned there would not be enough parking spaces for new residents. His concerns were shared by Cllr Maureen Charlesworth.

Cllr Phil Scott said: “My biggest concern is the protection of the woodlands and wildlife.”

Mr Hull said the majority of Summerfields Woods was elevated so would be unaffected by the scheme.

However, developers admitted some trees and shrubs at Summerfields Woods would have to be felled to make way for the scheme.

Josef Kolar, from architects Sprunt, said developers would ensure the nature reserve in the north east would not be adversely affected.

He said the new buildings will incorporate features to attract bats and birds and a wildlife area created using wildflowers and seeded soil banks. New shrubs and trees will also be planted.

A formal application will be submitted before the scheme goes to planning committee.

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