Residents invited to comment on proposed changes to the City Plan

Besi Besemar November 4, 2014

From today, Tuesday, November 4, residents, employers and organisations across Brighton and Hove have the opportunity to give their views on proposed changes to the City Plan, which sets out a planning framework for homes and jobs in the city to 2030.

Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty
Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty

THE PROPOSED changes, agreed by the Policy & Resources Committee on October 16, increase the housing target for the city and open up the potential for limited housing development on a small part of the urban fringe to help address local housing needs. Other modifications relate to the Brighton Marina and sustainable buildings policies and are being made to address concerns expressed by the independent planning inspector currently examining the plan.

From November 4, people can comment on the proposed changes to the Plan.

To take part in the consultation online, click here: where you can also view the plan, supporting documents, guidance on how to make representations, and ‘frequently asked questions.’

Documents are also available at the customer services centres in Bartholomew House and Hove Town Hall as well as libraries or you can post comments to the LDF team at Brighton & Hove City Council, Room 201, Kings House, Grand Avenue, Hove, BN3 2LS.

The Planning Inspector, whose job is to make sure the city is doing everything possible to meet the city’s future housing needs, considered that the council should make a more rigorous assessment of housing potential from the urban fringe (the open space between the built up area boundary and the National Park) in order for the City Plan to be assessed as ‘sound.’

Without a ‘sound’ local Plan, the council would be in a weak position to resist inappropriate development across the city. This would undermine the positive and balanced approach to future growth.

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, chair of the planning committee, said: “This is our residents’ opportunity to tell the inspector what they think of the government’s requested changes to the Plan.

“The city needs an adopted City Plan to guarantee future generations a balance between land for housing, jobs, and open spaces – including protection for over 90 per cent of our urban fringe.”

Closing date for comments is December 16 after which all the representations will be considered by the Inspector.