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Hopkins sent back to the drawing-board in Hastings after government policy change

Hopkins Architects' proposals ( pictured) to revitalise the heart of Hastings have been sent back to the drawing board.

The designer's Station Plaza scheme - which includes education facilities - has had to be revised after the government announced changes in its education policy.

Hopkins' development, which was approved last August, was set to include more than 100 town-house apartments; retail and restaurant space; and a school.

But a decision by Minister for Schools Jacqui Smith has changed the town's education requirements.

A statement from the Sussex Learning and Skills Council said Smith's announcement had 'opened the door to a massive opportunity for individuals, employers and the wider community.'

The project's organisers have claimed its original 2009 date of completion will remain the same.

by Rob Sharp

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