Improving The Places We Live And Work

Our overall objective is to improve and enhance our existing environment by achieving a better standard of design for future developments in the area. Geographically our principal interest is development within Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea, but also extends to significant issues within Bexhill, Battle, Rye and other areas of East Sussex.

Urban Design

Urban design is the collaborative and multi-disciplinary process of shaping the physical setting for life in cities, towns, and villages; the art of making places; design in an urban context. It involves the deign of buildings, groups of buildings, spaces and landscapes, and the establishment of frameworks and processes that facilitate successful development. (click for more)

The Group

The group is made up of people with a wide experience of design of the built environment and within related fields. Membership includes architects, planners, landscape architects, urban designers, an engineer, and a community planning specialist. Taken together the group has more than 300 years experience.


Membership is open to individuals professionally qualified in design of the built environment and related fields living or working within the Hastings area. A list of members is given below. Professional profiles of some of the members can be read here.


Past initiatives have included working alongside Planning Aid and Community Planning to provide practical help and advice to several community groups, from St Leonard’s to Ore, on Neighbourhood Plans. Currently a similar co-operation is ongoing in West St Leonard’s. HUDG members helped facilitate the very successful car-free day on part of the seafront in 2019.

We are also scrutinising major planning applications, such as HBC’s proposals for White Rock and Bulverhythe.

A few new proposals are just getting underway including temporary use of derelict sites, the Greening of Hastings and  a town wide art trail.

Current projects and proposals can be found by clicking the buttons under the photos on the Home page. Past initiatives can be found under the Archive link on the top bar menu, also on the Home page.


Timothy Jemison (Chair), CMLI, Landscape Architect

James Deasley BA Hons (Lond) RIBA Chartered Architect

Ken Davis (Treasurer), MA DipArch, DipBuildCons, DipPlan,

Nicole Collomb, Dip LA, CMLI, MSc Environmental Psychology, Public Space Specialist

Stephen Gray, MSc, Dip Arch, APMP, IHBC, RIBA

Nick Harper, BA, DipLA, CMLI, Chartered Landscape Architect

John Hibberd (Secretary), BA Arch & Civic Design (Hons), BSc Arch (Hons), Dip Arch.

Julia Hilton, Landscape Architect

Sam Leach, BA (Hons) Arch, MArch, PG Dip, ARB, RIBA Chartered Architect

Jeremy Linden, DipLA, CMLI, UD, Landscape Architect

Chris Lewcock, BA(Hons) Urban & Regional Planning, MPhil Land Economy, Dip. Development Studies, PGCHE, Town Planner

John McCart, BA(Hons), Dip Arch, RIBA Charterd Architect

Stuart Rumsey, MAPS, RIBA Chartered Architect

Nick Wates, BSc Arch(Hons), Dip Dev. Planning, FRSA

Bob Stokes, RIBA Chartered Architect

Graham Lavender BA(Hons), Dip Arch, Registered Architect

Iain Exley, BA(Hons) Arch, Dip Arch, RIBA

Philip Cooper, FIStructE, Director of Structures, Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd

Richard Oaten, Architect

Laurie Flint, BArch (Hons) MArch, Designer,,