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Council quashes its consent for new Hastings road scheme

Published: Thursday, 25th June 2015

The fate of a multi-million pound road scheme in Hastings is back in the melting pot after the borough council quashed its planning permission.

The move came following a legal challenge due to be heard in the High Court this week.

The local authority said it will reconsider SeaChange Sussex’s £15m Queensway Gateway project after conceding it made an error when approving the proposal in February.

SeaChange Sussex is a publicly-funded not-for-profit regeneration and development company in East Sussex.

The proposed road was designed to connect the B2092 with the A21 north of the town and provide improved access for a planned business park.

Local protestors had voiced concern over the impact of the road on a wildlife site and the likelihood of increased air pollution. The council was due in court for a judicial review hearing brought by local resident Gabriel Carlyle.

A council spokesman said the High Court had ruled the majority of Mr Carlyle’s arguments as “misconceived”.

But the spokesman added: “However, we do accept that the report which went to our planning committee in respect of the ‘Queensway Gateway’ road did not draw committee members’ attention to the policy regarding air quality. It should have done, and we apologise for this omission.

“We do not think that it is in the interests of local council tax payers for us to continue lengthy and potentially costly legal debate and so we have agreed to reconsider the scheme again at a further planning committee meeting.

“It would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment on the original planning report, or to speculate on what might happen in the future, at this time.”

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Roger Milne