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Ore Valley Land

Ore Valley Land Map


Much of this site isn't in Tressell Ward, but it's on the border and affects Tressell residents.  The Ore Valley development site covers the old Broomgrove Power Station, the railway goods yards down to Parker Road and Mount Pleasant Road up to the old St. Helen's Hospital site on Frederick Road.  It was being redeveloped by SeaSpace, the local regeneration agency that has now been replaced by SeaChange Sussex, to provide a new 'village centre' around Ore Station, shops and business premises and around 450 new homes, with a 'greenspace' area to be retained from the undeveloped, green parts of the site. But the project was seriously delayed - originally, the first homes were scheduled to be handed over to their new owners in 2003, but complications with land assembly, and the banking crash, put paid to that. Nevertheless, the first phase of the project was completed in 2012.  Bellway Homes built 51 homes, a small supermarket and office space around Ore station. Further development failed to take off, because of low land and property values in the area. But as the property market in Hastings improved, the land again became more attractive to developers. In Spring 2016, the Frederick Road site was sold to Gemselect, a local developer.  Later in the year, the Stills Factory site was also sold to Gemselect. 

The remaining part of the original Millennium Communities area is the old power station site, which has some land contamination problems.  This was licensed to Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust, but is now being marketed by Seaspace.

 It is now proposed to transfer the remaining protected open spaces in the Ore Valley is to be transferred from Seaspace, the local public regeneration company, to Hastings Council (HBC).


The sites in the Ore Valley are:


  • Stills site: Now being developed by Gemselect for housing;
  • Power Station site: currentlly being advertised for sale by Seaspace;
  • Ore Valley Greenspaces: Protected greenspace, to be transferred from Seaspace to HBC;
  • Ore Business Park: Part developed, the rest of the site has a new owner;
  • Frederick Road site: Sold to Gemselect. First planning application was turned down by the Planning Committee, a further improved application is awaited;
  • Speckled Wood: Protected greenspace, under multiple private ownerships;
  • Church Street site: Privately owned, to be developed for housing.

The transfer of the greenspace land from Seaspace will unlock a 250,000 reserve held by the council, to secure future protection and management of all these local green spaces. Ore Community Land Trust, a local charity who fought to protect Speckled Wood for many years, and now work to maintain the woodland, would like to take on a more formal role in managing, and potentially owning, all these green spaces. Much of the land in Speckled Wood itself is still in private ownership however, so they would need to raise funds to acquire the land. Then it could all be managed in the interests of the local community, in perpetuity.

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood (know locally as 'the 'Oller') is an area of undeveloped wooded land extending from Frederick Road up to Victoria Avenue, between Church Street and Old London Road.  This wonderful, unspoilt area of land was earmarked for housing development, but many local people (and your Tressell councillors) believed it should be retained as open space, and opened up for public access. 

The council's proposals in its Local Plan to protect much of the woodland, as 'protected open space', were accepted by the planning inspector, who recommended extending the protected area, to include sites originally proposed for housing: one off Old London Road, and one on Victoria Avenue. These modifications were made to the plan, which was finally adopted in September 2015.

See the Speckled Wood page for more detail.



Refuse collection and Street Cleaning

A new refuse collection contract began at the end of June, with Biffa Waste Services now carrying out collections.  The street cleaning service (including bulky waste collections and flytipping) was brought back in-house to be run directly by the council.

Under the new waste contract, collections will continue in much the same way, except that glass can now be included in general recycling collections, so in the green bins or pink sacks - the black boxes are no longer needed.  Also, the new contractor will not be recycling Tetrapaks - these are the 'cardboard' containers for milk, fruit juice and other liquids.  They aren't actually cardboard, but are a triple layer of cardboard, plastic and metal, so are difficult to recycle, requiring a lot of energy to create recyclates of limited use. It's best to avoid using them altogether.

Tressell ward has always had a problem with flytipping, and with residents leaving unprotected bags of rubbish out for collection (always use the gull-proof container sacks, available from the council).  PLease report flytips and other street rubbish on the council's My Hastings website - with the new arrangements, it should be removed much more quickly than in the past.




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