Horntye to Claremont – Plans on Display

Display boards illustrating the projected moves of Hastings & St Leonards Priory Cricket Club and South Saxons Hockey Club from Horntye Park (off Bohemia Road) to Claremont School (at Baldslow off the A21) will be available for public viewing at both venues from next Monday (1st November)

The plans for Horntye, prepared on behalf of Hastings and Rother Sports Trust (formerly known as Hastings and St Leonards Central Cricket and Recreation Ground Trust), set out the design of the housing estate and care home which are intended to be built on the former cricket and hockey grounds. They were submitted to Hastings Borough Council last month among the documents forming the Trust’s application for outline planning permission for the development. It is hoped that this permission will be granted by January at latest, triggering substantial payment by the developer that will then fund the work required to construct the new facilities at Claremont.

Conditional permission for the new facilities at Claremont has already been granted by Rother District Council in response to the school’s application.

From a sporting point of view, there should be a virtually seamless move for South Saxons hockey players. If developments proceed according to plan, they will be able to see out the current season at Horntye with good prospects of having the new artificial pitch at Claremont ready for them in September for the start of their 2022/23 season.

Priory cricketers may experience rather more of a hiatus. Horntye Park is very unlikely to remain available for the club’s 2022 season, and the Sussex cricket league authorities have approved temporary alternative arrangements, though the prospect of having a ground at Claremont fit for cricket matches from next May has not been ruled out at this stage. Peter Finch, chair of the Hastings and Rother Sports Trust, says that certain negotiations are progressing, and an announcement is expected to be made within the next few weeks. Watch this space.

Read more about the history of Horntye here

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