CAMPAIGNERS fighting to protect Robsack Meadow from development have had their 200 signature petition rejected by the borough council.
The petition called for the authority to make the area part of a surrounding nature reserve to stop any houses being built.
Despite a plea from petition organiser Paddy Stephenson at Monday’s cabinet meeting, all five Labour members voted to reject the petition against four conservative in favour.
Corporate director of regeneration, Simon Hubbard, recommended the site be considered as part of an overall planning police under the Local Development Framework due to start in the spring.
The LDF will be a major consultation process involving the public to identify what areas of Hastings can be developed over the next 20 years.
Mrs Stephenson, supported by 20 residents at the meeting, pleaded for the meadow to be treated as an individual case.
She said: “This is not a lottery and it is inexplicable how Mr Hubbard is of the opinion that to treat this matter separately may later be perceived as unfair by people elsewhere. The meadow is the only site currently up for discussion which would cause such critical devastation to our ancient woodlands and wildlife habitats.”
Cabinet chairman councillor Jeremy Birch made a public pledge that he would not allow development on the site before the LDF was agreed in 2013.