Bexhill Road housing FAQs
The Council is bringing the site forward for development to help meet local housing need. The demand for affordable housing in Hastings far outweighs supply and there are over 1,500 households on the Council’s Housing Register waiting for a suitable home. It is also important that we build homes in sustainable locations like this one, with good access to local transport and services.
Flood risk was examined at the outline planning application stage. As a result of this assessment, flood protection measures must be included in the development - such as raising new homes above ground level and using permeable surface materials on the site. The new houses will be designed to keep occupants safe without increasing flood risk for surrounding occupiers.
A 'fabric first' approach means that all of the new homes will be well insulated, resulting in a lower carbon footprint and cheaper bills for occupants. The proposals include solar panels, electric vehicle charging points, water-based air source heat pumps (for hot water) and a sustainable drainage system. The Council will also consider other sustainability measures such as a car club.
All 16 of the new houses on the site will be for Affordable Rent. They will be allocated to households on the Council’s housing register in accordance with the Hastings Homemove Allocation Scheme.
All of the two-bedroom homes have been designed to meet M4(2) standards: Accessible and Adaptable Dwellings (Building Regulations Part M). This means that they will provide for most people to access the dwellings (including access to habitable rooms and sanitary facilities on the entrance level) and include features that make them suitable for a range of occupants including older people, people with reduced mobility and some wheelchair users. The allocated parking for residents includes 8 x accessible parking spaces.
Yes, we are proposing 20 resident car parking spaces as well as 32 cycle parking spaces to encourage sustainable modes of transport.
The existing car park area will be resurfaced and landscaped to continue to provide public parking. The Council will be reviewing parking conditions (including any charges) when it reviews the options for future management and maintenance of this area.
As part of any development on its land, the Council will expect contractors to be considerate and to keep local neighbours informed about what will be happening on the site and when.
The new homes will be of a modular design and build. They will be primarily constructed in a factory and then assembled on site, meaning less disruption to local residents and road infrastructure.
Before any work starts on site, the Local Planning and Highways Authorities will need to approve a Construction Traffic Management Plan setting how and when construction vehicles will access the site and where they will park.
The Council understands that Southern Water will be carrying out works to give the existing main sewer running across the southern part of the site a new 60 year design life.
There are easements in place which mean that significant parts of the site around the Southern Water mains cannot be developed. We will also need to make sure that Southern Water can continue to access these mains in the future. The Council has been liaising with Southern Water about the development scheme. Southern Water will be a statutory consultee on the Reserved Matters planning application.