14. HASTINGS FRINGES

14.1.

There are several fringe areas of Hastings that lie beyond the Borough boundary and within Rother District Council’s administrative area. In planning for these areas, due regard is paid to the provisions for adjoining land in Hastings as contained in the Hastings Borough Local Plan Revised Deposit Draft (December 2000) and the Inspector’s recommendations thereon in his report (June 2003).

14.2.

In broad terms, the Council is not advocating any significant expansion of Hastings within Rother District for the reasons set out in Section 4. It is not now proposing the substantial business development of land north of Ivyhouse Lane Industrial Estate in view of its Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty location, the employment provisions elsewhere and the prevailing market conditions that render development unlikely. It is also noted that the Inspector considering the Hastings Borough Local Plan has recommended against the allocation of that part of the site within the Borough for such purposes.

14.3.

The long-term growth of Hastings will need to be considered by the respective Authorities in due course. This will involve consideration of the bold ideas put forward by consultants to the Hastings and Bexhill Task Force in their ‘Draft Masterplan’, reproduced in Section 10: Bexhill.

14.4.

At this time, development boundaries are drawn around those built-up areas that are well-consolidated and relate well to the main confines of Hastings. These are at: 

Bachelor’s Bump
(Inset Map 4)
Ivyhouse Lane/Austen Way
(Inset Map 18)
Parkwood Road/Denehurst Gardens
(Inset Map 19)
Westfield Lane
(Inset Map 37)
14.5.

In addition, two relatively small allocations are proposed, one for business purposes and the other for housing, as set out below. These are both well-contained sites, the development of which will not impact on the wider area nor prejudice future strategic choices.

14.6.

Land east of Burgess Road (Inset Map 18)

The existing industrial estate presents a very “raw” edge on its eastern side. The adjoining land, while part of the larger Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland, is degraded in several ways. It is mostly rough scrub grass ground traversed by tracks and holes made for trial motorcycles and bicycles. There are also several burnt-out cars. Areas have also been cleared for overhead transmission lines and three pylons rise from within this area. Some trees, mostly oak and birch, remain. The woodland quickly thickens beyond the pylons and remains largely intact.

14.7.

The Borough boundary runs through this land. Hastings Borough Council has supported the inclusion of land in its area, amounting to 0.4 hectares, for employment use within its Local Plan. This has also been recommended by the Local Plan Inspector.

14.8.

In view of these conditions and the very limited ecological value of this fringe area, it is proposed that a limited expansion of the existing industrial development, by the inclusion of approximately 1.0 hectare of land abutting the Borough boundary, would enable improvements to the visual appearance of the area, including the management of enclosing woodland. The precise area will be defined following a detailed tree study. At this stage, it is assumed that the area in Rother District could accommodate some 3,000m2 of business floorspace, a high proportion of the area being reserved for restoring the damaged woodland.

14.9.

While the land is situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the development proposed meets the tests set out in PPG7 in that there is a nationally recognised need for economic regeneration and this site presents the opportunity to increase investment in a way that will bring environmental benefits.

POLICY HF1 View Map of this site ?

Land east of Burgess Road, Hastings, as defined on the Proposals Map, is allocated for employment purposes. Proposals will be permitted where:

  1. access is provided off Burgess Road in the form of a loop to Haywood Way;
  2. some 3,000m2 of business floorspace is provided;
  3. provision is made for the retention and future management of Ancient Woodland to the north of the site.
14.10.

Land off Woodlands Way (Inset Map 19)

Woodlands Way is an unadopted road on the north side of The Ridge. It mainly serves an industrial site comprising three principal buildings, all occupied by a furniture manufacturing company. There are also several dwellings.

14.11.

One of the residential properties, currently vacant, is centrally situated within a substantial plot, while an adjacent derelict property also has a significant curtilage. Both of these sites, as well as the industrial premises, are outside the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are largely contained in views from the north by Park Wood.

14.12.

Consideration has been given to intensification for both business and residential purposes on these “brownfield” sites. However, the anticipated access requirements for business use cannot be achieved. There is also a greater likelihood of buildings being visible in views.

14.13.

A residential development would still need to secure improvements to Woodlands Way to bring it to adoptable standards, as well as ensuring that development is visually contained and does not compromise the future of employment-generating activities on adjoining land.

POLICY HF2 View Map of this site ?

Land off Woodlands Way, Hastings, as shown on the Proposals Map, is allocated for housing purposes. Proposals will be permitted where:

  1. at least 30 dwellings are provided, of which 40% are affordable;
  2. appropriate improvements are made to Woodland Way and its junction with The Ridge;
  3. development does not intrude into views from the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the north;
  4. the tree belt on the south side of the site is strengthened.

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