The home site of the Round Hill Society, a community group of the residents of Round Hill in Brighton, England. The site contains information about the area, latest news and reflections on life in Round Hill.
This section includes details about planning policy, issues and particular applications affecting the Round Hill area.
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Brighton and Hove City Council's Planning Register
Controversial developments affecting our conservation area since 2004:
A RECENT HISTORY OF PLANNING CONCERNS IN ROUND HILL
Planning applications are best supported or opposed - not through petitions, but by online comment after accessing proposals via the The Council's Planning Register. Don't forget that you can also email members of the planning committee 7-10 days before the proposals come before them. Use links (below) for further detail:
2. Progress towards a liveable neighbourhood
Round Hill Green Spaces News Latest Update: July 2023
The Council's Environment, Transport & Sustainability (ETS) Committee, meeting on 16th November 2021, has called for an officer's report into making Round Hill a low-traffic neighbourhood, under its Liveable Neighbourhood scheme. Read more.
See https://hanoverandelmgrove.net/home/liveable-neighbourhoods/ - Brighton and Hove City Council is piloting the city’s first liveable neighbourhood scheme between Elm Grove, Albion Hill, Queen’s Park Road, Edward Street and Richmond Terrace/Grand Parade –transforming the area into Hanover and Tarner Liveable Neighbourhood. This is a wonderful opportunity to optimise our outdoor space, increase opportunities for active travel and create safer, calmer streets for everyone.
See street representatives and what they would like to see. These are volunteer 'liveable Hanover' representatives. Hanover was chosen as the Council's first pilot for its liveable neighbourhood scheme following pressure from Hanover Action a community group formed in 2010 with several achievements to date.
CONSULTATION ON COMMUNAL BINS DELAYED
The expected consultation on Communal bins for Round Hill has been delayed. Those in favour argue that communal bins can bring cost savings since CityClean would no longer need to collect individually from each property. This releases money to improve recycling rates. However, click here to read the arguments against them.
4. Planning applications
The proposal to create a pocket park public garden on the pedestrian walkway at the junction of Ditchling Road and Princes Crescent was granted planning permission on 6th July 2023. See planning decision on Brighton and Hove City Council's website.
Illustration by Peter Gates
Application to build in a garden REFUSED There followed an APPEAL, which was DISMISSED.
Application Number: BH2022/02050 GRANTED
See SAMPLE COMMENT.
The application to remove condition 8 (residents parking permit entitlement) of planning application BH2017/00175) was granted. However, the removal of the condition does not necessarily mean that occupiers will be eligible for residents' parking permits. In the decision document dated 25th August 2022, the applicant was advised that details of the development will be passed to B&HCC as Traffic Authority administering the Controlled Parking Zone, of which the development forms part, so they can determine whether occupiers should be eligible for residents' parking permits.
28A CRESCENT ROAD BRIGHTON 28B 28C 28D 28E
BH2021/04390 | Application to remove condition 12 of planning permission BH2018/00433 which states 'The development shall be implemented in accordance with the scheme for the restriction of resident's parking permits in accordance with the approved application'.
The above application was approved on 8th June 2022 by 5 votes FOR and 2 AGAINST. Subsequently, under Parking Services' policy (agreed at ETS Committee in September 2022) resident permits (first issued because of an administrative error) will continue to be issued to the four dwellings at 28 Crescent Road and there is no proposal to amend the TRO.
Details of THREE SITES in Round Hill where car-free conditions were imposed on new development.
5. Environmental & Safety concerns
Letter to residents about the causes of odour nuisance from The Environment Agency. Phone 0800 80 70 60 to report odour.
This asks Brighton and Hove City Council to
(1) introduce traffic-calming measures, such as speed bumps;
(2) review the 20mph road markings and signage along Prince’s Crescent and Wakefield Road;
(3) station a mobile vehicle-activated warning sign along the route; and
(4) deliver the report into the narrowing of the junction of Crescent Road with Prince’s Crescent, promised by the ETS Committee in October 2019 in response to a request by Round Hill residents to improve pedestrian safety.
6. Conservation & Planning rules
The Round Hill Conservation Area's Character Statement (RCACS) protects our local area's special characteristics from change or development. Local town planner, Michael Doyle, kindly volunteered to update the RCACS in his spare time. Round Hill residents - Have your say on the revised character statement. See Michael Doyle's article on page 5 of the summer 2023 issue of The Round Hill Reporter.
A strategy for the conservation of Brighton & Hove’s historic built environment. This 2015 document sets out Brighton and Hove City Council's priorities for reviewing Conservation Character statements. See section 4.7 and 4.8.
CONSERVATION AREA PROTECTION: This article looks at both National and Local policies, which could be used to conserve what makes Round Hill truly distinctive.
Additional town planning controls - in the form of an Article 4(2) Direction - have been introduced for single dwelling houses in the Round Hill Conservation Area, after public consultation.
The Council applies the new rule by drawing a 50metre radius circle around the proposed new student house (HMO) and checking to see if 10% of the houses in the circle are already registered as HMOs. If it is already 10% or more, then the current applicant will not be granted permission to operate as an HMO.This page was last updated by Ted on 07-Jul-2023