Heart of Hastings is a community owned organisation for everyone who lives in Hastings
We are based in White Rock (with our office in Rock House) because that’s where a lot of our opportunities currently are, but this page is all about the Power Station site in Ore Valley.
The Ore Valley site is where we first met many of our current volunteers, trustees, members and supporters.
Although our bid for the site was not successful, we want to tell the story of our time there, and the great work of the Bottom-up Development or ‘BUD’ team.
- Turbine Power station built 1966
- Shut down 1979
- Burnt down 2000
- Cleared 2003
- Sold to Sea Space 2012
- Heart of Hastings move on 2016
- Heart of Hastings evicted 2019
- Land marketed for sale 2019- Heart of Hastings bid rejected and local developer selected as new owner
- 2021 Land unsold and a building site
The BUD team:
While we looked for funding and planned homes the bottom up development team took over stewardship of the site. They were Heart of Hastings just as much as any staff or trustees based elsewhere.
Bottom up development- the values
An approach which rejects traditional hierarchies:
- Everyone is heard, not only those with the confidence or education to speak out.
- It is the opposite to top down development where there are “experts” in charge and the “beneficiaries” are powerless
- Space to develop community – “the kettle is always on”, there’s no agenda, you can just come, make a cuppa, join in if you want to.
BUD as a group developed from those visitors, an emergent and ever evolving group
with a sense of identity, purpose and ownership of Heart of Hastings. They used the acronym BUD in the sense of a plant emerging and developing, and BUD is a space for development.
BUD were never volunteers in any traditional sense but they ran projects and events and represented Heart of Hastings at conferences. We had an expectation that, once we acquired the land, some of this BUD team would take part in an Organisation Workshop (more later), which would be part of the way we would develop the land.
Bottom up development- the team
a self-defined group, with a sense of identity, purpose and ownership of Heart of Hastings. They use the acronym BUD in the sense of a plant emerging and developing, and BUD is a space for development. Not volunteers in any traditional sense BUD make choices and work together for themselves, running projects and events and speak out for themselves.
The Power of Community