New Quarter for Hastings Town Centre Gets Green Light

Posted on March 9, 2007

Plans to transform part of Hastings town centre with a new business and leisure district were given approval this week by councillors at a specially convened planning committee meeting.

The outline planning application for Priory Quarter showed proposals for the Priory Street area, with suggested elements including new high quality offices, improved access to rail station, a multi-screen cinema, a ‘land bridge’, small public squares and additional premises for University Centre Hastings. These ideas were shaped by public consultation to hear the views and aspirations of Hastings’ young people, councillors, council officers, community members, business people and interest groups.

Commenting on the approval, Sea Space Project Director John Shaw said: “We’re delighted with the decision. This is another milestone in the economic development of Hastings, giving us the green light for the comprehensive plan to turn an underused part of town centre into a place for business, entertainment and education. That concept has been well supported by the community – young and old – who we have talked with during extensive consultation work. They have told us they recognise and support the work completed to date, with the development of the University Centre Hastings, the Creative Media Centre and the all partner business support based at the eBiz Centre.”

John Shaw continued: “To add to these completed town centre projects, Sea Space has got its contractor, Carillion, on site building the 3,500m2 first phase of the Lacuna Place development. This is designed to attract new town centre employment for local people. This new planning approval gives us the opportunity to continue a development programme which will see the area from Cambridge Road to the station become a focus for employment and education. We are excited now to be progressing the design work which will prepare the individual planning applications necessary to get approval for further buildings within the scheme.”