Derelict Redgeland Rise site to be developed

Derelict garden nursery site, Redgeland Rise, St Leonards
Derelict garden nursery site, Redgeland Rise, St Leonards

A DERELICT garden nursery is set to see new homes built on it after developers were given the go-ahead by council planners.

The site on Redgeland Rise, St Leonards, has been disused for a number of years and the news comes almost a decade after the first proposals to develop the land were first put forward.

Planning consultants Kember Louden Williams Ltd of Eridge, near Tunbridge Wells have applied to build 28 homes there.

A report by planning officer Sam Batchelor recommended councillors approve the bid, which they did unanimously at a committee meeting recently.

Hastings Borough Council owns the site and greenhouses were demolished several years ago. The land has remained vacant ever since.

Developers first submitted a planning application back in November 2002 to build 28 four-bedroom houses but this was withdrawn.

In May 2004 another plan to build 28 two- and three-bedroom homes was approved but never built. In June 2006 a scheme to build 40 dwellings on a new cul-de-sac off Redgeland Rise was withdrawn.

The same plan was re-submitted four months later and refused by the council.

An appeal launched in May 2007 over the decision was turned down.

In June 2008 outline planning permission for 36 homes made up of flats and houses was similarly refused.

In October 2010 an application for 32 homes was withdrawn.

The council received two letters from residents objecting to the latest plans. They fear the scheme will encroach on their property, harm wildlife and existing trees and increase the amount of traffic in the area.

Ward councillor Phil Scott has worked with residents to help strike a balance between what the developer wants and the needs of residents.

He said: “The site has been the subject of a number of planning applications over a good many years.

“Local people would be very unhappy if an application came forward in the future that exceeded 28 homes so this number is the most acceptable.

“I have continued over the years to work with local residents to get the most appropriate type of development on this small site.”