In The South

Kemptown MP formally objects to Meadow Vale appeal

Sarah Green August 31, 2015

Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, submits formal objections to proposed housing development at Meadow Vale in Ovingdean.

Meadow Vale Demo

The application to build 85 homes on greenfield land between Ovingdean, Rottingdean and Woodingdean in Brighton was rejected by Brighton & Hove City Council’s planning committee earlier this year but the developers, Lightwood Strategic, have appealed the decision.

Mr Kirby has written to the Planning Inspectorate, the body who will make the decision, to outline his concerns about the proposed development.

Simon Kirby: MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven
Simon Kirby: MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven

Simon said; “I have always been consistent that any new development in the city should be on brownfield and city centre land rather than greenfield sites such as Meadow Vale. But it is not just the unspoilt location that my constituents are concerned about. The infrastructure through Rottingdean and on the Falmer Road, which is already at breaking point, would clearly not be able to cope with hundreds of extra cars on the road. I am also concerned that doctors’ surgeries and other services would feel the strain.

“I have been contacted by thousands of my constituents with their very real concerns about this development and I will be standing alongside local residents who feel that this application should not be approved.

“I would encourage all who have objections to make their views known to the Planning Inspectorate by the 22 September as part of this process.”