Prospects for residential development of the freehold site of the former power station in Ore Valley seem to be moving forward. At the end of July, the site was put on the open market for sale by owners Seaspace, the trading name of ‘regeneration’ company Hastings and Bexhill Renaissance Limited (see Ore on the Market). Last Friday Seaspace issued a bulletin stating that the instructed estate agents Savills “have had a good level of initial interest” and have now called for proposals to be submitted by 30th September.

James Leathers, executive director of Heart of Hastings (HoH), the Community Land Trust which occupied the site for over two years before being effectively evicted in April this year, has confirmed that HoH will be submitting a bid by this due date in conjunction with commercial partners Bioregional. He added: “As this is a competitive process, we do not wish to go into any details of our proposal at this stage”.

However, according to the HoH website, their vision for the site “combines traditional community self-build practice with innovative building techniques and a community-led regeneration approach to transform a 40-year derelict industrial site into a thriving, community-owned, permanently affordable eco-village. Using our innovative Bottom Up Development approach we aim to deliver 77 homes, up to 100 jobs and lasting regeneration with wider benefits for the whole town.”

It is not known what alternative bidders, if any, will come forward within the time allowed.


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