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Environmental warning over city plan

The Argus: Environmental warning over city plan Environmental warning over city plan

Environmentalists have warned new house-building proposals risk making a “bad position worse”.

Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth is calling on Brighton and Hove City Council to hold on the consultation on proposed modifications to the City Plan.

The proposals announced last week would see 1,180 homes built in 39 open spaces across the city by 2030.

The environmental group is concerned about the level of public consultation and scrutiny over changes to the City Plan.

Spokesman Chris Todd said the council was between “a rock and a hard place” because of Government changes, but proposed modifications would “make a bad situation worse”.

He said: “These changes will give developers the green light to build on any of the sites listed in the urban fringe report, even if the consultants have got their facts wrong.

“Whilst we are not saying no development anywhere, we have serious concerns about loss of green space, which is in short supply across the city, and the impact on the National Park with some of these proposals.”

Brighton and Hove City Council has been told by an independent inspector to explore further development opportunities within green spaces so the city can accommodate an anticipated demand for housing over the next 16 years.

The amended proposals will be discussed at the policy and resources committee meets at 2pm on Friday.

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11:15am Thu 10 Jul 14

Valerie Paynter says...

There have been tweet exchanges on this with Chris Todd who has not answered the question - did he or any of the environmentalists object to BHCC selling a chunk of Hove Park (gardeners' station) to the EFA's bilingual Spanish school?

The answer is "no". On planning and on Policy & Resources they all supported it. There were brownfield sites going begging, including a huge factory space in Newtown Road they could have bought for their school

Some green spaces seem greener than others to so-called environmentalists.
There have been tweet exchanges on this with Chris Todd who has not answered the question - did he or any of the environmentalists object to BHCC selling a chunk of Hove Park (gardeners' station) to the EFA's bilingual Spanish school? The answer is "no". On planning and on Policy & Resources they all supported it. There were brownfield sites going begging, including a huge factory space in Newtown Road they could have bought for their school Some green spaces seem greener than others to so-called environmentalists. Valerie Paynter
  • Score: 6

11:18am Thu 10 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

It always amuses me when those who claim to be concerned about the environment are also supporters of mass immigration.
It always amuses me when those who claim to be concerned about the environment are also supporters of mass immigration. stevo!!
  • Score: 3

2:35pm Thu 10 Jul 14

redwing says...

Actually we'd be more than happy if the over indulged elite round here went back to London.
Actually we'd be more than happy if the over indulged elite round here went back to London. redwing
  • Score: 5

2:51pm Thu 10 Jul 14

salty_pete says...

When does an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) bordering the South Downs National Park become land to desecrate with buildings? When an unelected, unaccountable planning inspector scrutinised our City Plan. It is time to put the "local" back into "localism" and our councillors to challenge the incorrect assumptions in the Detailed Assessment of the Urban Fringe report made by external contractors. All those plots identified as having "potential" for a specific number of dwellings should be defined by our planners and our councillors and not by external contractors. And the inspector that scrutinises our City Plan should be made aware that it has been locally decided and "butt out".
When does an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) bordering the South Downs National Park become land to desecrate with buildings? When an unelected, unaccountable planning inspector scrutinised our City Plan. It is time to put the "local" back into "localism" and our councillors to challenge the incorrect assumptions in the Detailed Assessment of the Urban Fringe report made by external contractors. All those plots identified as having "potential" for a specific number of dwellings should be defined by our planners and our councillors and not by external contractors. And the inspector that scrutinises our City Plan should be made aware that it has been locally decided and "butt out". salty_pete
  • Score: 3

4:56pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Can this be says...

Is this the same Chris Todd and Friends of the Earth who wanted Toads Hole Valley densely developed? He has woken up too late to the risk on many other sites?
Is this the same Chris Todd and Friends of the Earth who wanted Toads Hole Valley densely developed? He has woken up too late to the risk on many other sites? Can this be
  • Score: 4
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