Hastings Town Centre and Bohemia Area Action Plan evidence base
The AAP follows the successful adoption of the Hastings Planning Strategy (February 2014) and Development Management Plan (September 2015), both of which cover the whole of the Borough. Once adopted the AAP will also form part of the statutory planning framework for the town and will be used in the determination of planning applications.
This page includes the Sustainability Appraisal and other documents which form the evidence base for the Hastings Town Centre and Bohemia Area Plan. Some of these files are large and may take a while to download, if you wish to see a paper copy of any of these please contact us.
Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the AAP
The SA report provides an assessment of reasonable alternatives in the delivery of different themes within the AAP against social, economic and environment objectives with the aim of promoting sustainable development.
- Sustainability Appraisal (July 2018)
- SEA_SA Scoping Report to AAP - July 2016
- Background Paper 1 - July 2016
- Background Paper 2 - July 2016
- Update to AAP SEA Scoping Report - October 2016
- Scoping Report - October 2016
- Background Paper 1 - October 2016
AAP Evidence base
White Rock Park and Bohemia: A Strategy for the future of the White Rock Area
This White Rock Masterplan explores the potential of introducing new development into the Bohemia area and considers issues that may be associated with such change. A workshop involving a range of local organisations and individuals with an interest in the White Rock area was held in November 2016. Landowners and interested parties were also consulted during the development of the Masterplan. Key themes put forward included:
- a focus on public space and existing dormant assets as a transformative tool for Hastings
- rationalising services and facilities, enhancing sports facilities in the area, promoting mixed use and varied spaces
- coordinating cultural development
- addressing housing needs
- strengthening connections to the seafront, St Leonards and Hastings Town Centre to ensure that White Rock is accessible and tied into the town
White Rock Park & Bohemia Strategy (White Rock Masterplan) (White Arkitekter, July 2017)
Hastings Town Centre and White Rock Retail and Leisure Assessments and Urban Design Analysis
This study forms a key part of the evidence base for the AAP. It provides a detailed analysis of retail need and capacity within the town centre, leisure and facilities assessment and an urban design analysis including the identification of potential development sites. The study was informed by a workshop event held in November 2015.
- Hastings Town Centre and White Rock Retail and Leisure Assessments and Urban Design Analysis (Bilfinger GVA, March 2016)
- Appendices for Hastings Town Centre and White Rock Retail and Leisure Assessments and Urban Design Analysis (Bilfinger GVA, March 2016)
Ashdown Forest Air Quality Impact Assessment
This report accompanies the Sustainability Appraisal and gives consideration to the likely significant effect of housing and employment growth within the Hastings Borough on the Ashdown Forest Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Area (SPA) over the period from 2017 to 2033. Air Quality implications of growth within the Hastings Borough for the Pevensey Levels SAC and Ramsar site, and for Lewes Downs SAC are also considered within the report.
- Ashdown Forest Air Quality Impact Assessment (Aecom, May 2018)
These two energy reports identify potential for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) within the Bohemia area.
- Sustainability Energy Options study (Regen SW, June 2017)
- Energy Options study report (CLS Energy, June 2017)
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Level 1 report
- Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Level 1 report to follow
Future Housing Requirements in Hastings
An update to the Hastings and Rother Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) was undertaken in 2013. The June 2013 update identified housing need in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and was needed to support the development of a housing target for inclusion with the Hastings Planning Strategy (adopted 2014). The following report is not an updated SHMA, but it provides and analysis of key data and the likely level of objectively assessed housing need (OAN) for Hastings if calculated by reference to current draft Planning Practice Guidance.
Future Housing Requirements in Hastings (April 2018) (Wessex Economics, April 2018)
The transport modelling has been used to evaluate existing road conditions and to project future effects and impacts on road infrastructure in Hastings Town Centre, as a result of the emerging Hastings Town Centre and Bohemia Area Action Plan (AAP).