Frequently asked questions
We intend this to be a high quality development which will provide 192 much needed new homes to help meet our housing crisis. We hope to create a sustainable community where families want to live and which makes a positive contribution to the local area. We are encouraging sustainable transport solutions on the site, including electric vehicle charging points and car clubs. We aim to ensure the development will be pedestrian and cycle friendly and have focused on the site's connectivity to the area throughout our plans. There will also be wider benefits, including the replacement of redundant sports pitches to Sport England standards, ecological enhancements and much needed training and employment opportunities while the houses are being built
The rapid delivery of 192 new homes will make a significant contribution towards local housing need and help the council meet nationally set housing delivery targets. Over the last 3 years there have only been 144 new affordable homes built and there are over 1,500 local families in housing need on the council's Housing Register, which evidences the need to maximise development opportunities.
The council has been awarded up to £6.9m in government funding to bring this site forward for new housing. This provides the council with an opportunity to provide much needed new housing on a site that has flooded in the past and is not considered to be fit for purpose any longer as sports playing fields. Although the site is currently identified as being in Flood Zone 3b, we have undertaken extensive flood modelling which we believe demonstrates that the site is suitable for housing development. The flood defences that we will employ will not only protect the new homes but will also help ensure that the existing houses and businesses on Bexhill Road and beyond do not flood in the future.
Hastings has a major housing shortage and the council is working hard to deal with this crisis, which impacts many local families. The planning application that the council has submitted to develop the Bulverhythe site would provide 192 new homes, including a significant amount of affordable housing for local families.
The challenges of developing this land have been recognised with the grant of nearly £7m from Homes England. This has been provided to help get the site ready to build on, including overcoming the known flood issues.
We appreciate that concerns have been raised and that local residents remain worried about the future use of the land. In advance of submitting our planning application, we carried out a wide range of consultation events to share our proposals and hear the views of local residents and stakeholders. Now that our application has been submitted, we are responding to any concerns through the planning process. Planning is a formal and independent process which is transparent and takes into account the range of all objections received, as well as the application itself.
A new sustainable drainage system will be installed. It will store the water that used to sit on the site and then put it into the Pebsham stream to the northern boundary next to the football pitches. It will also drain the open ditch to the southern boundary of the site which will prevent the gardens to Bexhill road being flooded.
We are planning to install a sluice to the north of the site which will be closed in the 1:100 year event which will prevent flooding to the existing houses and businesses along Bexhill Road.
The scheme will deliver ecological enhancements including new species-specific breeding and hibernation opportunities and increased diversity of habitats within the site. We're also exploring new tree planting and ecological opportunities off site.
Our consultant ecologist has carried out a detailed survey of the Combe Valley and has suggested biodiversity improvements be introduced to improve the ecology in the valley.
Traffic surveys have demonstrated that the additional traffic on Bexhill Road will only be a small percentage increase from existing traffic levels. However, we understand local families' concerns and are carrying out improvements on Freshfields, and at the junction of Freshfields and Lewis Avenue, to help the flow of traffic. We will also be providing 312 new car parking spaces to fully contain new parking demand within the site and avoid impacting parking in the local area. We will also be promoting sustainable transport options, including a Car Club, new walking and cycling links, improved access to public transport, electric vehicle charging points, and the development of a green "Travel Plan".
We'll be helping to enhance local play facilities and providing 3 new junior football pitches to Sport England standards.
Yes, there are three parks across the site and a wide range of soft landscaping to complement the surrounding area, including extensive tree and shrub planting, areas of wildflower grassland, as well as areas of amenity grassland.
The scheme will encourage cycling through the provision of a new cycle path which links to the national cycle network and the surrounding area together with 368 cycle parking spaces within the site. There will be improvements to an existing informal pedestrian crossing and the provision of a new pedestrian/cycle crossing on Freshfields to improve walking links and access to public transport. There will also be a network of pedestrian footpaths throughout the site, electric vehicle charging points, a Car Club and the development of a green Travel Plan.
In addition to promoting sustainable transport throughout the scheme,it's our intention that as many homes as possible will be built using modern methods of construction and we are aiming to make them as carbon neutral as possible.
Yes, throughout the design we have taken every effort to make sure that local families will be be able to continue to access the playing fields and countryside park through the site.
The site has been awarded government funding so that the council can bring forward much needed new housing in Hastings. This funding has been awarded under the Local Authority Accelerated Construction programme which essentially provides gap funding for projects with a high level of abnormal costs and/or low market values that act as a barrier to housing delivery.