We were appointed by Telereal Trillium Ltd to provide transport and highways advice in relation to the proposed partial redevelopment of Ashdown House, in Hastings, East Sussex. The entire Ashdown House Site comprises a number of land uses, including office and an indoor sports facility, together with around 500 car parking spaces.
The proposals consider the conversion, under Permitted Development rights (PD), of the main building from its existing Office use (B1a) to Residential (C3).
A Transport Assessment was produced in support of the application, demonstrating that the proposed site was located in an area which is accessible to local facilities by walking and public transport. Bus services are available in the immediate vicinity, connecting to a multitude of destinations, including Hastings town centre, railway stations and the wider area.
Existing off-street car parking will be made available to the new residents and be mostly unallocated. Census data has demonstrated that the proposed provision, in the light of the housing mix and the Site location, would be adequate and sufficient to meet the anticipated demand.
The comparison between the existing and the proposed land uses during capacity assessment of both access points confirmed that the change of use would result in a net benefit to their operation.
Granted planning approval and the site has now been sold onto a developer.