Planning Approval for Hastings’ Town Centre Business Scheme

Posted on February 9, 2006

Planning approval has been granted to Hastings regeneration company Sea Space for a 9,300m2 business development in the heart of the town.

The scheme is planned for the ‘Gap Site’ in Havelock Road/Priory Street, so-called as it has been largely open, derelict plot for over a decade. It is opposite the recently established University Centre Hastings.

The development will be the first step towards realising a vision – developed through a six month community consultation – of turning Hastings’ run-down ‘Priory Quarter’ area into a bustling commercial, education and leisure part of town.

It addresses Hastings’ acute lack of modern business space. By providing high quality accommodation capable of attracting new firms to the town, it is designed to diversify the local economy. It will also significantly improve the two roads it straddles which today contain buildings in poor condition – and so provide a focus for further investment.

The scheme is a modern design to compliment the streets’ existing architecture. It is proposed to comprise 480m2 for retail use, with the rest of the space for medium-to-large companies and potentially educational use. Construction of the business space is expected to start as a priority later this year and finish in 2008.

The design team includes architects Proctor & Matthews, engineers Whitbybird and cost consultants WT Partnership. An ‘urban design framework’ for the wider Priory Quarter area was created by Rummey Design Associates in early 2005.

Sea Space Deputy Director Keith Sadler says: “It’s wonderful to get another project planning consent under our belt as the regeneration programme gathers pace. We hear from firms time after time about the lack of quality commercial premises here. This scheme addresses this head-on by helping us attract the kind of new companies to Hastings which will provide well paid local jobs.”

For more information and images, please contact Tariq Khwaja of TK Associates on 07833 336 271 or email tariq.khwaja@tkassociates-uk.com.