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Major Planning Application for 28 New Residential Units Submitted in Hastings.

En-Plan: Planing & Architecture are pleased to announce the submission of this Major Planning Application application that looks to gain outline consent with access approved for 28 units on the former "Spyways" School site in Hastings.  The proposal is accompanied by an illustrative layout showing how the site could accommodate the level of development proposed with a mixture of tenure types shown.  The application is progressing through the planning process and we are currently working in partnership with the Council to address ecological issues in order to gain approval.

What is a major Residential Planning Application?

A major residential planning application refers to a planning application submitted for a significant residential development project. The term "major" typically denotes the scale, size, or impact of the proposed development, rather than a specific threshold defined universally across all jurisdictions. The criteria for categorizing a planning application as "major" can vary between different countries, regions, and local planning authorities. However, major residential planning applications generally involve larger-scale developments that may have a significant impact on the surrounding area, infrastructure, or community.

Here are some characteristics commonly associated with major residential planning applications:

  1. Scale of Development: Major applications often involve larger-scale residential developments, such as the construction of a substantial number of housing units, including apartment complexes, housing estates, or mixed-use developments with a residential component.

  2. Land Area: The proposed development is typically on a relatively large land area compared to smaller-scale projects. It may involve the use of significant plots of land or the combination of multiple parcels.

  3. Impact on Infrastructure: Major residential developments can have a substantial impact on local infrastructure, including roads, utilities, water supply, sewage systems, and public amenities. The planning application may need to address how the development will handle increased demands on these infrastructure elements.

  4. Environmental Considerations: Due to the potential impact on the natural environment, major residential planning applications often require detailed assessments and mitigation strategies related to ecological habitats, protected species, and landscape impacts.

  5. Community Engagement: Major developments tend to involve a higher level of community engagement and consultation. This may include public meetings, exhibitions, and opportunities for stakeholders and local residents to provide feedback and express their concerns or support.

  6. Planning Process: The planning process for major residential applications can be more complex and may require additional stages of review, such as scrutiny by a planning committee or referral to higher-level planning authorities for decision-making.


It's important to note that the specific criteria for categorizing a planning application as "major" can vary significantly between different jurisdictions. Local planning policies and regulations will provide detailed guidance on how applications are classified and the specific requirements that need to be met for major residential developments.

What design principles should you use when designing a residential development?

When designing a housing development, several key design principles should be considered to create a functional, attractive, and sustainable environment for residents. Here are some important design principles to keep in mind:

  1. Contextual Integration: Design the housing development to harmonize with the surrounding context, such as the local architectural style, landscape, and character of the area. Consider the scale, materials, and design elements that blend well with the existing built environment.

  2. Connectivity and Walkability: Foster a pedestrian-friendly environment by incorporating well-designed footpaths, sidewalks, and connectivity between different parts of the development. Promote walkability to encourage physical activity, reduce car dependence, and enhance community interactions.

  3. Green and Open Spaces: Allocate sufficient green spaces, parks, and communal areas within the development. Incorporate landscaping, trees, and planting to enhance biodiversity, improve air quality, provide recreational spaces, and create an attractive living environment.

  4. Sustainable Design: Emphasize sustainability by integrating energy-efficient features, renewable energy sources, and environmentally friendly materials. Consider incorporating sustainable drainage systems, water-saving measures, and green building practices to minimize environmental impact.

  5. Housing Diversity: Incorporate a mix of housing types and sizes to cater to diverse demographics and meet different housing needs within the community. This can include a range of house sizes, apartments, townhouses, and accessible or adaptable housing options.

  6. Safety and Security: Design the development with safety in mind, including well-lit areas, clear sightlines, and secure access points. Incorporate features such as street lighting, security measures, and appropriate landscaping to enhance the sense of security for residents.

  7. Community Facilities: Include community spaces and amenities that foster social interaction and promote a sense of community. These may include community centers, playgrounds, sports facilities, or shared spaces for socializing, gatherings, and events.

  8. Sustainable Transportation: Incorporate infrastructure and design elements that support sustainable transportation options, such as cycling lanes, public transportation access, and bike storage facilities. Encourage reduced reliance on private cars and promote alternative modes of transportation.

  9. Accessibility and Universal Design: Design the housing development to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Incorporate features such as step-free access, wide pathways, accessible parking, and adaptable housing designs to ensure inclusivity and accommodate future needs.

  10. Quality of Life: Prioritize the well-being and quality of life of residents by considering factors such as natural light, privacy, noise reduction, and good indoor air quality. Design dwellings and outdoor spaces that promote comfort, functionality, and a positive living experience.


These design principles help create a sustainable, inclusive, and livable housing development that caters to the needs of residents while integrating with the broader community and environment. It is important to adapt these principles to the specific context, local regulations, and the needs and aspirations of the target residents.

Further Information

If you would like to find out more about how our Planning Consultancy and Architectural Design Services can work in perfect sync to achieve a successful outcome in the planning system please CONTACT US and we will be only too happy to talk through any questions or development proposals you may have.


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at the property.


Shropshire Office


Back Lane

Bomere Heath



Norfolk Office

34 Queen Elizabeth Avenue

Kings Lynn


PE30 4BX

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