Plans for 200 new homes in St Leonards

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New homes could be built on land off a busy main road in St Leonards.

Developers have submitted an outline planning application for up to 208 dwellings on land to the south of Holmhurst St Mary, off The Ridge.

If the scheme gets approval next week, developers will still have to submit a full application, with further details on the scheme, at a later date.

More than 40 letters of objection have been received by Hastings Borough Council, together with a petition in protest at the scheme, which will be discussed at a council planning meeting on Wednesday (November 25).

The site where the homes would be built is more than 13 hectares in size. Part of the land was formerly part of the Holmhurst St Mary estate.

The land has open fields with densely wooded areas, elements of a former formal garden, old outbuildings and classrooms, old tennis courts, a graveyard and a statue of Queen Anne which is Grade II* listed.

Objectors’ concerns include possible traffic generation and congestion, road safety, insufficient parking, impacts of the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road (BHLR) on The Ridge, impacts on heritage including the gardens and statue, impact on the environment and harm to ancient woodland.

Wednesday’s meeting will be held at 6pm at the Stade Hall, on The Stade.

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