Former college to be turned into new houses

A former college site is to be turned into more than 40 new homes despite the development being branded a 'boil on a baby's bottom'.

Developers from Laing/Gladedale (Hastings) Ltd were given planning permission to build 44 houses with cycle and car parking spaces at the Hastings College site in St Saviour's Road, St Leonards.

But one outspoken councillor blasted the scheme, accusing developers of trying to make as much money as possible.

Councillor Peter Finch said: "This is totally and utterly out of keeping for the area. It's like a ghetto in the middle of a residential area.

"This sticks out like a boil on a baby's bottom. It's too much development squeezed in a small space in order to make lots of money.

"St Vincents Road is a busy little road in the morning because of the railway station.

"Traffic will be pushed onto St Saviour's Road which is already busy with parked cars."

The council received two petitions from residents in protest of the proposals, which were originally for 66 homes to be built.

The new application was discussed at a council planning meeting on Wednesday.

Aubrey Ingleton, speaking on behalf of petitioners, said the plans were an "over-development" which could potentially harm a nearby badger sett.

He added that the proposed homes were of a "poor design and quality".

Simon Cocks, development manager for Laing/Gladedale, said: "This scheme is a result of more than three years of discussions and since this new application was first submitted in August last year we have worked closely with the council and local residents as regards the architecture and layout.

"The derelict buildings are currently a target for vandalism and family homes we are proposing are 100 per cent needed in the borough."

Cllr Godfrey Daniel agreed with Mr Cocks and said the scheme would provide a 'decent quality' development.

"A lot of thought has gone into this," he added.