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Campaign launched to stop Brighton development

A campaign to save a stretch of green land running alongside a railway line has been launched.

Developer Kingsbury Estates wants to built houses on allotments near London Road in Brighton.

But community campaign group Friends of London Road Old Railway Allotments (FLORA) are fighting the proposal, saying it will mean the end of an important nature reserve and a piece of history.

Campaigner Sally Griffin said: “The land used to be allotments for railworkers but after privatisation of the rail service it was sold.

“The last allotment was owned by a man called ‘Old Reg’ who didn’t want to let it go - they were of great sentimental importance and hold within them a great deal of history.

“Every snippet of land in the city is being built on, we're going to be left with no way of engaging with nature.

“At the moment families cross the railway bridge and are able to look at the green stretch and point out to their children the signs of the changing seasons.

“There are so many different animals living and feeding there.

“I know there are the big parks in Brighton but the little stretches are also important as they allow a route for wildlife through the city up on to the Downs.”

The old allotments, at the rear of Springfield Road, are part of Brighton and Hove City Council's designated conservation area in Preston Park.

In May 2008 the proposal to build four two-bedroom houses was turned down. Kingsbury appealed and a hearing will now be held.

Residents can speak at the appeal hearing on September 29. It is expected to last three days. The location of the meeting has not yet been announced.

To contribute your views, write your comments in a letter to the Planning Inspector before July 22 at The Planning Inspectorate, Room 321E Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN quoting the appeal reference number APP/Q1445/A/09/2105969/NWF.

For further information contact Brighton and Hove City Council’s appeal officer Aidan Thatcher on 01273 292265 before July 22.

If you would like to help the FLORA campaign call 01273 621708 or email Sally74A@btinternet.com.

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3:09pm Sun 19 Jul 09

davyboy says...

why does every bit of green land have to be built on?? they can't sell what they have already built!!! leave the allotments alone.
why does every bit of green land have to be built on?? they can't sell what they have already built!!! leave the allotments alone. davyboy
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6:19pm Sun 19 Jul 09

Totally Provincial says...

davyboy wrote:
why does every bit of green land have to be built on?? they can't sell what they have already built!!! leave the allotments alone.
Greed. Pure greed.
[quote][p][bold]davyboy[/bold] wrote: why does every bit of green land have to be built on?? they can't sell what they have already built!!! leave the allotments alone.[/p][/quote]Greed. Pure greed. Totally Provincial
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6:23pm Sun 19 Jul 09

stan bailey says...

This piece of land keeps coming up for planning permission. Local residents spend a great deal of time opposing this. The developers should be told no means no. They are behaving like spoilt two year olds
This piece of land keeps coming up for planning permission. Local residents spend a great deal of time opposing this. The developers should be told no means no. They are behaving like spoilt two year olds stan bailey
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7:48pm Sun 19 Jul 09

Hammer 66 says...

Same old story. In the end the fat cats will get their way.
Same old story. In the end the fat cats will get their way. Hammer 66
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8:46pm Sun 19 Jul 09

Donkey OT says...

If people are going to keep being let into the UK,they have to live somewhere.You can only build upwards or outwards.
If people are going to keep being let into the UK,they have to live somewhere.You can only build upwards or outwards. Donkey OT
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11:37pm Sun 19 Jul 09

Tom Nicholls says...

Kill all badgers
Kill all badgers Tom Nicholls
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2:03pm Mon 20 Jul 09

Stu says...

NIMBYs. Maybe we should build on the downs instead? Would you be happier then?
NIMBYs. Maybe we should build on the downs instead? Would you be happier then? Stu
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