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Conversion of Former Offices into Five Self Contained Flats at

28 and 28b Crescent Road Brighton BN2 3RP 

This application has now been WITHDRAWN. 

Application BH2014/00841 - a notification claiming "permitted development" which turns residents main concerns into matters which the Council cannot take into account - has taken its place.

Campaign documents

Thank you if you submitted an objection. The open space under threat of overdevelopment has long provided visual amenity and environmental benefits to the many residents who live around it.

  1. Four Strategies to save the strip of land
  2. Ward Councillors and our Open Spaces
  3. The value of open space assessment

Application BH2014/00124

APPLICATION FORM

DESIGN & ACCESS STATEMENT

APPLICATION FORM

DESIGN & ACCESS STATEMENT [includes pictures of site]

22 January 2014 - OS Extract location plan

23 January 2014 - Drawing(s): proposed site plan

23 January 2014 - Drawing(s): proposed ground floor plan

23 January 2014 - Drawing(s): proposed first floor plan

23 January 2014 - Drawing(s): proposed elevations

23 January 2014 - Drawing(s): proposed elevations

23 January 2014 - Drawing(s): existing east & annexe elevations

23 January 2014 - Drawing(s): existing first floor plan

23 January 2014 - Drawing(s): existing south & west elevations

23 January 2014 - Drawing(s): existing site & ground floor plans - sheet 1

23 January 2014 - Drawing(s): existing site & ground floor plans - sheet 2

28 January 2014: public notice

What is most concerning about this proposal is that granting it would establish "the principle of residential development" (where no homes have been before) on the strip which runs behind existing rear gardens between Crescent Road (west side) and Belton Road (east side). Although application BH2014/00124 is described as "a conversion of former offices" at 28 and 28b Crescent Road, on its eastern flank the whole strip (shown running N-S in the location plan) extends from land to the rear of 22 Crescent Road to land to the rear of 66 Crescent Road. On its western flank, the same strip extends from land to the rear of 46 Belton Road to land to the rear of 20 Belton Road.

If BH2014/00124 were to be granted, there would be potential for significant infill, effectively eradicating the green vista intended to run between the terraces in the original layout of Round Hill. If BH2014/00124 is granted, a planning proposal could easily follow affecting properties adjacent to both ends of the strip.

There is an outhouse to the rear of 62-64 Crescent Road and 20-24 Belton Road and another outhouse to the rear of 46 Belton Road and 22 Crescent Road.  If the "principle of residential development" between Crescent Road and Belton Road were conceded by The Council, it would create a precedent for conversion of the outhouses into more residential flats. Planning inspectors who have dismissed developers' appeals against refusal to build on backland in Round Hill recognise that our neighbourhood is a hilly area where many residents have and use cars. The solution offered by our recent residents' parking scheme could be lost very quickly once the green light is given to develop the strip. The latter needs to be preserved to offer immediate residents visual amenity (their current outlook) in the absence of any public open space in our neighbourhood.

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