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Crescent Rd-Belton Rd Open Space

Events have moved very quickly on this undemocratic attempt (through claiming 'permitted development') to overdevelop an open space which has offered visual amenity and environmental benefits to at least five generations of Round Hill residents.

For the very latest update, take the following link:

Meeting (28th April 2014) with Councillors & officers
and the research we have done since

Other links to articles on this site expressing our main concerns:

You can submit comments online or by post to Andrew Huntley

Planning & Public Protection
Hove Town Hall
Norton Road
Hove BN3 3BQ

The case officer will be processing comments after the Easter break, so please submit them as soon as possible.

Click on the button below to view residents' comments & / or sign: 
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Join 150+ residents by signing the residents' petition but don't forget to object to Application BH2014/00841 as well on
THE COUNCIL'S WEBSITE.

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Application: BH2014/00841

Developer: Just Developments Ltd

Address: 28/28B Crescent Road

Description:  Prior Approval Change of Use - Prior approval for change of use from offices (B1) to residential (C3) to form 5no self contained flats.

The need to act

The strip of land between rear gardens to the east of Belton Road and the west of Crescent Road is very narrow i.e. not much wider than an average-sized residential street including the pavements.

The crux, on which BH2014/00841 is likely to be decided, is whether the proposal fits the legal definition of "permitted development".

If our Council supports the developer's unreasonable assumption that the proposal meets the terms of the "permitted development right" (introduced by the government in May 2013), other green spaces which we value in our conservation area are likely to be degraded in the anticipation that they too are acceptable as building sites. Residents would then be similarly limited in the concerns which the Council can respond to. Please use/circulate the documents below & help to stop the erosion of any green space on private land within what we are told is a conservation area.


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Links to Council consultation documents showing their proposal to waive permitted development for change of use from office (B1a) to residential (C3)  in Central Brighton, New England Quarter and London Road. The Council hopes this will take effect from 25th July 2014, but they do not extend this proposed restriction to The Round Hill conservation area.

Application BH2014/00841

This new proposal (otherwise identical to Application BH2014/00124 which would have been recommended for REFUSAL) uses the loophole of permitted development to replace a withdrawn application which a planning committee would probably have turned down.

The loophole is being used to prevent residents adversely affected from commenting on nearly all of their key concerns. None of the following concerns can be used as objections to "permitted development":

[1] overdevelopment of a small open space offering visual & environmental benefits to 30+ existing homes already tightly packed together.

[2] several instances of very unreasonable overlooking & loss of privacy,

[3] ugly design unsympathetic to conservation area. Note that the Council's Conservation Advisory Group did recommend refusal of the identical application.

[4] inadequate service provision for five homes (e.g. inaccessible refuse store located far from street collection point).

The crux, on which BH2014/00841 is likely to be decided, is whether the proposal fits the legal definition of "permitted development".

IF - the Council judges application BH2014/00841 to meet the terms of the new permitted development right
AND - the Council is satisfied with the proposal merely on the three counts A,B,C (given below),
THEN - the Council is obliged to grant it.

The Council's Sustainable Transport Department has shown itself to be more relaxed than three government planning inspectors about the transport implications of car-free developments on our already densely populated neighbourhood.

However, Round Hill has very limited on-street parking space to offer. The benefits of the CPZ, which many of us pay for, would surely be reversed if planning conditions disqualifying selective groups of residents from entitlement to Area J permits cannot be applied over the longer term.

Parking-permit-apartheid in a neighbourhood which is outside Central Brighton and as hilly as our own, would be discriminatory in an unreasonable way. I could not see it lasting very long without legal challenge (e.g. Human Rights Act; Disability Discrimination Act).

The Council's info to affected residents

Developer: Just Developments Ltd

Address: 28/28B Crescent Road

Description:  Prior Approval Change of Use - Prior approval for change of use from offices (B1) to residential (C3) to form 5no self contained flats.

The local authority (Brighton and Hove City Council) is required to consider only the following three impacts of the proposal:

  1. Transport and highways impacts of the development
  2. Contamination risks on the site; and
  3. Flooding risks on the site

Consideration cannot be given to any other matter raised.

If you wish to submit a representation, then please ensure that:

  • Your letter is received by the Council quoting reference BH2004/00841 by 18th April 2014. Please note that representations received after this date may not be considered
  • That your representation clearly states your name and address
  • That your representation clearly states whether or not you object to or support the proposed development.

You can submit comments online or by post to Andrew Huntley

Planning & Public Protection
Hove Town Hall
Norton Road
Hove BN3 3BQ

Click here to comment online on application BH2014/00841

The case officer will be processing comments after the Easter break, so please still submit objections, but as soon as possible.

 

This page was last updated by Ted on 27-Jan-2019
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