Social Spaces in Hasting

Our mission

We take derelict and difficult buildings around the White Rock area of Hastings into community custody, transforming them into social spaces, homes and workspaces that will always be affordable and open to all.

We celebrate people’s ideas and energy and together we shape the places and share the stories of this special, historic neighbourhood.

What is Hastings Commons?

Hastings Commons represents an innovative model for community-driven revitalization, embraced with a do-it-yourself ethos. We are the stewards of a diverse collection of structures situated within the White Rock district of Hastings.

Yet, our aspirations extend beyond mere property ownership and management. Our true focus lies on the inhabitants of these structures, their harmonious coexistence, and the way they engage in living, working, and enjoying life together. Hastings Commons stands as a shining symbol of an alternative approach to community development, crafted by the community, for the community.

Social Spaces in Hasting

Our mission

We take derelict and difficult buildings around the White Rock area of Hastings into community custody, transforming them into social spaces, homes and workspaces that will always be affordable and open to all.

We celebrate people’s ideas and energy and together we shape the places and share the stories of this special, historic neighbourhood.

Social Spaces in Hasting

What is Hastings Commons?

Hastings Commons is a pioneering approach to community-led regeneration, DIY-style. We own and manage a diverse set of buildings in the White Rock area of Hastings.

The vision is much bigger than owning and managing buildings. It’s really about the people in the buildings, how they live, work and play together. Hastings Commons serves as a beacon marking a different approach to development, for the community, by the community.

Social Spaces in Hasting

Support us:
Join the
Community
Land Trust

At the core of Hastings Commons is our Community Land Trust. Community Land Trusts are member-led, democratic, non profit organisations that own and develop land for the benefit of the community, ensuring they are permanently and genuinely affordable.

Find out more and become a member, so we can own land and buildings together for the long term benefit of our local community.

Support us: Join the Community Land Trust

At the core of Hastings Commons is our Community Land Trust. Community Land Trusts are member-led, democratic, non profit organisations that own and develop land for the benefit of the community, ensuring they are permanently and genuinely affordable.

Find out more and become a member, so we can own land and buildings together for the long term benefit of our local community.



Hastings Youth Commons

What's going on around the Commons?

There are a number of public activities and events regularly held across Commons spaces.

  • If you are interested in events at the Observer Building, check out what's on at the OB.
  • Find out more about events for 11-18 year olds as part of the Hastings Youth Commons.
  • Get involved in an array of different projects with OBX - our creative technology hub

Recent News

Building Updates: The Road to Renovation has begun!

Permission has been given, contractors have been appointed and renovation has finally begun on three Hastings Commons properties: 12 Claremont, Eagle House, and the rooftop of the Observer Building. Through the experienced hands of Hastings Commons, whose unique regeneration approach has been crafted over more than 15 years of local action, these previously neglected buildings are being given new leases of life and purpose, all for community benefit. It has taken many years of action from the Hastings Commons team and the wider community to get to this point, and these renovations represent a pivotal moment for all three buildings.  Continue reading