Following the dismissal of the previous scheme by the Planning Inspectorate last December, the entire scheme for the redevelopment of the former Hastings College Site at Archery Road, St Leonard's was revisited by the Applicants, their planning consultants Indigo and architect Marcus Beale.
A lot of work had gone on during 2013 with consultations and exhibitions to forge a way forward, address the comments raised by the Inspector Katie Peerless and the important directions she provided in her decision letter.
Eimear's role was to review the scheme in the light of that decision and ensure it met the requirements of national and local policies insofar as design and heritage were concerned and to ensure that the scheme was of the high standard required for the area given the important heritage and urban design considerations.
At planning committee on 6th November, members unanimously voted in support of the scheme commending the architects for their high quality designs integrating dwellings houses, flats, meaningful green spaces, landscape treatment, private amenity and attractive views and vistas.
Hopefully with the 'devil in the detail', once built, it will add a new chapter to the development of St Leonard's.
For more information, here's a link to Marcus Beale Architects site where the plans are displayed