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More say promised in the future of Brighton Marina for local people

Besi Besemar January 10, 2015

Brighton Marina could be designated a Business Neighbourhood Area – the first of its kind in Brighton & Hove.

Brighton Marina

A GROUP of people living and working at the Marina, along with two councillors representing the area, have made an application to Brighton & Hove City Council to gain formal approval for a Neighbourhood Forum and Business Neighbourhood Area.

The application will be considered by the council’s Economic Development and Culture Committee at a meeting on January 15.

If the proposed Neighbourhood Forum and Business Neighbourhood Area are approved, the forum will have the power to draw up its own Neighbourhood Development Plan which enables a community to set out planning policies in relation to the development and use of land in the area.

Wider public consultation would then be carried out to give other people a chance to have their say. If adopted, the plan then becomes a formal part of the planning system, and would be taken into account when the local planning authority is deciding planning applications for the area.

The area covered by the Neighbourhood Area and Forum applications is bounded by the cliffs to the north of the Marina, the harbour arms to the south, east and west where it is also bounded by the access road.

Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, chair of the city’s Economic Development and Culture Committee, said: “Brighton Marina neighbourhood forum is seeking the opportunity to develop a shared vision for the area and have a greater say in shaping the development and growth of the area.

“The council’s planning team has been supporting members of the forum through the process and the application for a Business Neighbourhood Area is the first in Brighton & Hove.”