Hastings housing plan accepted despite traffic concerns

Hastings aerial pics.
Hastings aerial pics.

Detailed plans for the housing future of Hastings were given the green light despite traffic concerns last night (Wednesday, September 23).

Hastings Borough Council’s development management plan (DMP) was published in June with details on where the houses would be placed by 2028.

The majority of councillors accepted the DMP and the proposed changes by the planning inspector, Richard Hollox, at a full council meeting at the Town Hall.

It was far from smooth going though as eight Conservative councillors voted against the DMP citing proposals for housing along The Ridge that would worsen traffic.

Cllr Liam Atkins claimed Labour councillors would just be voting with the party whip and not their hearts, which was profusely denied.

Council leader Peter Chowney said: “I think there is little point in voting against the plan as there is no other plan.

“It makes no sense to vote against it now as it would be another 10 years before we had another one.”

Tory councillor Peter Pragnell said: “We all understand we need more housing but I am not happy about all of the sites.”

Cllr Michael Wincott said if councillors voted against the plan they would be letting down the future residents of Hastings.

Despite the furore, the DMP was carried with 24 votes in favour.

Several councillors thanked campaigners, planning officers and Mr Hollow for their tireless efforts on the report.

The DMP can be viewed online at www.hastings.gov.uk/content/environment_planning/planning/PDFs/ldf/dmplrevisedsubmissionfull.

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