Marketing and Major
Projects Manager presented an update on the Bohemia Area
regeneration plan. He stated that the plan would cover the White
Rock (Now Bohemia) area, the White Rock gardens, Horntye Sports Centre, the Hastings Museum and the
leisure centre, Falaise. He said that
this was 36 hectares of land altogether, very close to the town
He went on to note that there was a consultation on the plan,
with replies saying that more could be done for the Bohemia area
than is currently being done. Furthermore, the Area Action Plan
consultation would last for twelve weeks, and had been consulted
on. This would go to Hastings Borough Council’s Cabinet
meeting, for discussion.
It was said that with a wider population, there was more need
for affordable housing in the town, as there was limited
The Bohemia area was told to be quite a unique area, in that
most of it was owned by Hastings Borough Council.
The White Rock theatre was about to have a new contract signed,
for the operator to provide 5 more years in managing the theatre.
On top of this, there were set to be better leisure provisions in
place for the plan, with an extended contract of five years. After
a review, the contract could be extended another two years, and
then another two after that. It was also stated that tennis courts
would be placed in the area, possibly retail, and hotel visitor
accommodation, to make up for the lack of hotel accommodation for
tourists in the town.
It was further stated that
greenspaces had been taken in to mind during this development, and
it was intended to retain the gardens as they are, whilst using any
scrubland for development.
The plans included that of a
green-network, with provisions for accessibility and a focus on
“city-living”, utilising flats with large spaces for
living. The scheme aimed for a high density area which used space
effectively, whilst funding open spaces
A question was raised about
whether there would be enough affordable housing in the area, and
whether it would deliver what it needed to the local people of
The answer was that there was a
range of housing types on the site, that would
be at 80% of the market value, and this was affordable
housing. It was also stated that the government had restarted the
social rental program.
A query was raised about what
the LSP could do to engage the community. It was stated that
despite Hastings Borough Council being heavily involved in the
scheme, they did not own it, instead working with partners in the
Questions were raised about the
scheme meeting policies in the area, such as a walking and cycling
strategy. The suggestion was that other plans would of course
affect the consultation for the scheme. There would be a report at
the end of summer updating on the wider programme.
Richard Watson, Hastings and
Rother CCG stated that the CCG would be involved in the
consultation, to attempt to link the scheme with health