Latest Update - November 2017


Beautiful MEADOW VALE has been used as horse paddocks for centuries but is being targeted by developers. These fields - to the west of the Falmer Road as you come into Ovingdean – are in Rottingdean Parish and form the green gap between Rottingdean and Ovingdean. They were protected by Brighton and Hove Council as valued green space until 2014. Since then, after government intervention, they have been the subject of speculative planning applications by a company which does not own the site but wants to make a profit out of changing its use. 

Originally proposing hundreds of houses on several sites in this area, the developer’s first planning application for a densely built housing estate of 100 dwellings, and later 85, was refused by the council and dismissed on appeal. A second application for 45 dwellings was also refused earlier this year. 

The developers have spent large sums of money on numerous (sometimes inaccurate) reports and planning documents and on their legal team (including a QC) and have told us that they are determined to win their campaign to put a housing estate on this exceptional, species rich and valued pasture. 

Last year they waited for the summer to submit their planning appeal – hoping local people would be enjoying summer holidays and not inclined to fight. But they did not bargain on the strength of feeling in our villages. Local residents wrote many hundreds of letters of objection and the Deans Preservation Group (DPG) submitted two significant reports. The planning inspector turned down the appeal. 

The developers are now appealing against the council’s refusal of their second application for 45 dwellings and this appeal will take the form of a public inquiry.

Deans Preservation Group will be doing everything it can to fight this appeal – BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP. Since the last appeal, our ecologists have determined that the site is exceptionally species rich, supporting some rare and protected species of plants and invertebrates. It also has a large population of endangered red star thistle which cannot be re-sited. 

Many of the proposed houses are large - 4/5 bedroom units – so there may be 100 extra cars travelling through the village and to Rottingdean and Woodingdean. This will increase air pollution in Rottingdean High Street which is already at dangerous levels. 

We know the country needs affordable housing - but housing must be built on appropriate sites. There can be no justification for building on this semi-rural location. The site is within the civil parish of Rottingdean where planned housing stock has already increased significantly and this development is completely unnecessary. 

Although received in August, the appeal went live on 20th October and we are telling our supporters what action they should take. 

The DPG needs to raise several thousands of pounds to fight the appeal.  A few donations have been received, but we urgently need more and hope residents will support us, as this is so important for our villages. 

WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO

SIGN UP TO OUR SUPPORTERS GROUP to receive updates and information. Contact us at info@saveourdeans.co.uk 
DONATE - Any contribution no matter the size towards this very worthy cause would be gratefully received. 

Please either transfer your donation into DPG's account

A/c name                      DEANS PRESERVATION GROUP

Sort code                     30 94 63

Acc number                  23429760

 Or use the Pay Pal link both can be found on the home page of this website 



 We are hugely grateful to Rottingdean Parish Council for the support it is providing› and for speaking so eloquently against the development at the last public hearing. We are also very grateful for the continuing support of ORPS.




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Past Events...


October  2016

Thank you for your support. With your help we were able to defeat the application for 85 dwellings on Meadow Vale at the Appeal in January 2016.

Now we have another major planning application, this time for 45 houses - and we are asking for your help once more.

Lightwood has submitted to Brighton & Hove City Council an application for 45 dwellings on the “Meadow Vale Fields” site, called “Land South of Ovingdean Road Brighton” in the application.

Please write to the Council to OBJECT TO THE PLANNING APPLICATION with your reasons why the development should be rejected. You can send a letter, or post your objection online at the Council’s website. The objection deadline has passed but representations will still be considered, so still please send in comments.

Write objections in a letter to:
Applications Team
City Development & Regeneration
Hove Town Hall
Norton Road, 
Hove, BN3 3BQ    

OR 

submit them online using the Council’s Planning Register at, http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/planningapplications

The Planning Register also holds the application plans and documents for your reference.

IMPORTANT Your objection must include:

APPLICATION NUMBER:                  BH2016/05530
SITE ADDRESS:                               Land South of Ovingdean Road Brighton
Your details:                                   Name, Postal Address and Postcode
Your objection must contain the words:        “I object to the planning application”


To enter your objection on the council website; on their homepage click “Planning”, then “Planning applications”, then “Find a planning application”. From the Planning register page click “Continue”. 

In the “Application number” box type 05530 and click “Search”, then for BH2016/05530 click “View details”, then click the “Comments” tab. 





Or click the link below:


 http://ww3.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1199915&action=showDetail&APPLICATION_NUMBER=BH2016%2F05530





Complete the form with your objection(s) and click “Submit”. 

(Hint – you can cut & paste text from a computer).

Write in your own words, voicing your own concerns about adverse aspects of the proposed development. (See below for some suggested topics).

Note: The Council will disregard any letters that look as if they have been copied.

Your help will be crucial in persuading the Planning Committee to reject the application.

Thank you for your support.

Deans Preservation Group


Issues raised by the Proposed Development 

BROWNFIELD SITES FIRST
•    Brownfield sites should be developed first before greenfield sites such as Meadow Vale are considered. This is the view of MP Simon Kirby and other parliamentary candidates for the area.

LANDSCAPE TOO VALUABLE
•    The field is in a former Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and in an Area of Important Landscaping Value (AILEV.) and should be left undeveloped.  Its rolling landform, beautiful views and idyllic rural feel are much valued by residents and visitors.
•    It forms the lower part of a completely undeveloped downland ridge running down to a dry valley - unique in this part of Brighton.

THREAT TO NATURE
•    This valuable grassland habitat supports a huge range of flora and fauna, including many protected or declining species. Due to the variety of insects on site it is a rich feeding ground for many threatened bird species. Such sites are disappearing at an alarming rate. This affects us all. The site is a Nature Improvement Area, is recommended as a Local Wildlife Site and is a stepping stone to the South Downs National Park.
•    Local wildlife groups and local experts are against any development on this site. (e.g. CPRE, Sussex Wildlife Trust).

INCREASED TRAFFIC AND POLLUTION
•    The scheme will increase noise and disturbance as well as traffic pollution and congestion on surrounding road junctions and particularly Rottingdean High Street. The cumulative effects of building around 270 extra homes on such sites in the area, as recommended in the Urban Fringe Report, cannot be ignored. 



THREAT TO INFRASTRUCTURE
•    Services & infrastructure in the area are already overstretched & cannot cope with this major development e.g.
•    Primary Schools
•    Dentists
•    Doctors & Community Nurses



HOUSING TOO DENSE
•    This scheme is unsuitable for this semi-rural location. The housing density is much greater than the surrounding area. Another six houses have been proposed for the western section of the site (the Paddock) which might mean 51 homes packed in to this modest site – more than in the City Plan.



APPEARANCE OF THE DEVELOPMENT
•    The application is for “outline planning consent with appearance reserved”.
•    This means that the developers are not bound in any way to stick to the visual images for the housing that they have submitted with this application.



INCOMER DEMAND
•    In this location houses are likely to be bought by people moving in from outside, e.g. London, and will do little to reduce the demand for housing in the City.




See attached link for the flyer and please print and distribute to your friends.


December 2016

Although the official date for making objections for the planning application for 45 houses on the land south of Ovingdean Road has now passed, new objections can still be submitted see below for details on how to do this.  

We are expecting the application hearing to be early 2017.

We now have over 400 objections which is a fantastic number, we really appreciate all your support, and the effort that you have made.

Thank you for your support!!

October 2016

Thank you for your support. With your help we were able to defeat the application for 85 dwellings on Meadow Vale at the Appeal in January 2016.

Now we have another major planning application, this time for 45 houses - and we are asking for your help once more.

Lightwood has submitted to Brighton & Hove City Council an application for 45 dwellings on the “Meadow Vale Fields” site, called “Land South of Ovingdean Road Brighton” in the application.

Please write to the Council to OBJECT TO THE PLANNING APPLICATION with your reasons why the development should be rejected. You can send a letter, or post your objection online at the Council’s website. The objection deadline has passed but representations will still be considered, so still please send in comments.

Write objections in a letter to:
Applications Team
City Development & Regeneration
Hove Town Hall
Norton Road, 
Hove, BN3 3BQ    

OR 

submit them online using the Council’s Planning Register at, http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/planningapplications

The Planning Register also holds the application plans and documents for your reference.

IMPORTANT Your objection must include:

APPLICATION NUMBER:                  BH2016/05530
SITE ADDRESS:                               Land South of Ovingdean Road Brighton
Your details:                                   Name, Postal Address and Postcode
Your objection must contain the words:        “I object to the planning application”


To enter your objection on the council website; on their homepage click “Planning”, then “Planning applications”, then “Find a planning application”. From the Planning register page click “Continue”. 

In the “Application number” box type 05530 and click “Search”, then for BH2016/05530 click “View details”, then click the “Comments” tab. 





Or click the link below:


 http://ww3.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1199915&action=showDetail&APPLICATION_NUMBER=BH2016%2F05530





Complete the form with your objection(s) and click “Submit”. 

(Hint – you can cut & paste text from a computer).

Write in your own words, voicing your own concerns about adverse aspects of the proposed development. (See below for some suggested topics).

Note: The Council will disregard any letters that look as if they have been copied.

Your help will be crucial in persuading the Planning Committee to reject the application.

Thank you for your support.

Deans Preservation Group


Issues raised by the Proposed Development 

BROWNFIELD SITES FIRST
•    Brownfield sites should be developed first before greenfield sites such as Meadow Vale are considered. This is the view of MP Simon Kirby and other parliamentary candidates for the area.

LANDSCAPE TOO VALUABLE
•    The field is in a former Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and in an Area of Important Landscaping Value (AILEV.) and should be left undeveloped.  Its rolling landform, beautiful views and idyllic rural feel are much valued by residents and visitors.
•    It forms the lower part of a completely undeveloped downland ridge running down to a dry valley - unique in this part of Brighton.

THREAT TO NATURE
•    This valuable grassland habitat supports a huge range of flora and fauna, including many protected or declining species. Due to the variety of insects on site it is a rich feeding ground for many threatened bird species. Such sites are disappearing at an alarming rate. This affects us all. The site is a Nature Improvement Area, is recommended as a Local Wildlife Site and is a stepping stone to the South Downs National Park.
•    Local wildlife groups and local experts are against any development on this site. (e.g. CPRE, Sussex Wildlife Trust).

INCREASED TRAFFIC AND POLLUTION
•    The scheme will increase noise and disturbance as well as traffic pollution and congestion on surrounding road junctions and particularly Rottingdean High Street. The cumulative effects of building around 270 extra homes on such sites in the area, as recommended in the Urban Fringe Report, cannot be ignored. 



THREAT TO INFRASTRUCTURE
•    Services & infrastructure in the area are already overstretched & cannot cope with this major development e.g.
•    Primary Schools
•    Dentists
•    Doctors & Community Nurses



HOUSING TOO DENSE
•    This scheme is unsuitable for this semi-rural location. The housing density is much greater than the surrounding area. Another six houses have been proposed for the western section of the site (the Paddock) which might mean 51 homes packed in to this modest site – more than in the City Plan.



APPEARANCE OF THE DEVELOPMENT
•    The application is for “outline planning consent with appearance reserved”.
•    This means that the developers are not bound in any way to stick to the visual images for the housing that they have submitted with this application.



INCOMER DEMAND
•    In this location houses are likely to be bought by people moving in from outside, e.g. London, and will do little to reduce the demand for housing in the City.




See attached link for the flyer and please print and distribute to your friends.






OCTOBER 2015


Request for letters of support


This means we need to take action yet again!

What we need
We are asking you to write, post your comments on the website, or email to the Government Planning Inspector holding the informal hearing on the appeal. 

The letter needs to:
1.    Support the Brighton & Hove City Council (B&HCC) decision to refuse planning permission, and/or...
2.    Add any extra points of your own (in addition to any you have already submitted.
3.    Make it clear that any objections you had to the original application for 100 dwellings apply equally to the modified application for 85

How to help Reject the Appeal
Write    the letter in your own words, to arrive by the Deadline of 22nd September 2015
Mail      three (3) paper copies to: The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN
Email    Anton Godfrey, Case Officer at: teamp13@pins.gsi.gov.uk
Post      On inspectorate website: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?caseid=3130514

Quote at the top of the letter/email:

Appellant:             Lightwood Strategic Ltd
Address of appeal site:     Land South of Ovingdean Road, Brighton
Application Reference No:     BH2014/02589
Appeal Reference No:     APP/Q1445/W/15/3130514

See Brighton and Hove planning website for details -
Application number: BH2014/02589 .

For more details see attached PDF document 

Your own Comments
If you have already commented on the original application those comments will automatically be sent to the government Inspector, but this is your chance to make any further comments, either in support of B&HCC’s reasons for refusal or on anything else that is of concern to you.

Full information and documents for the application are available on B&HCC website at: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/planningapplications

Note: If you are on the B&HCC Planning Department mailing list you will have already received a letter from Jeanette Walsh on the subject.


AUGUST 2015


Destruction of woodland in Ovingdean


You may have heard that two areas of woodland in Ovingdean (Urban fringe site 41 Badgers Walk and site 43 Longhill Close land) have been subjected to destruction by bulldozers. Trees have been uprooted and the ground cleared on parts of the site.  As well as being home to wildlife these wooded areas contribute to the scenic beauty of the locality. Action groups have been formed to fight the destruction.

A petition has been set up by the Longhill Close action group to ask Brighton and Hove Council to stop any further destruction on Site 43 Longhill Close land. Please support it by clicking on the link below and signing. http://tinyurl.com/LonghillWoodland



How to Object 
Please write to the Council to OBJECT TO THE PLANNING APPLICATION with your reasons why the development should be rejected. You can use letter, email or online at the Council’s website. Please aim to submit your objections as soon as possible. 

If you have missed the official deadline at the beginning of August 2015, but don’t let that put you off. Your objection will still count as long as it is received before the date of the Planning Committee hearing.

1. Write objections to:
Mr Puplett
Planning Officer
Development Control
Hove Town Hall
Norton Road
Hove, BN3 3BQ    

2.  Email objections to: planning.applications@brighton-hove.gov.uk 

3. Post objections on Brighton & Hove City Council website, www.brighton-hove.gov.uk
To enter your objection on the council website; on their homepage click “Planning”, then “Planning applications”, then “Planning applications register”, then “Continue”. In the “Application number box type 2015/01890 and click “Search”, then “View details”, then “Comments”. Complete the form with your objection(s) and then click “Submit”.

IMPORTANT
Your objection must include:
APPLICATION NUMBER:             BH 2015/01890
SITE ADDRESS:                          Land to the East of The Vale Brighton
Your details:                             Name, Postal Address and Postcode

Your objection must contain the words:    “I object to the planning application”

Please check our website or twitter feed for more information and additional news as it becomes available

For further details of the proposal please click on this LINK.

APRIL 2015


Save Our Deans/Deans Preservation Group AGM
Our first AGM will be held directly after the Ovingdean Residents’ Preservation Group AGM which is on Thursday 23rd April at 7.30 at Ovingdean Village Hall. Please come along to both meetings. Our ward councillors and the 3 main parliamentary candidates have also been invited to the ORPS AGM. There is much to discuss regarding the threat to green spaces in the Ovingdean area.




January 2015


Good news!
Councillors reject plans for 85 homes on green field site in Ovingdean

http://m.theargus.co.uk/news/11755087.Councillors_reject_plans_for_85_homes_on_green_field_site_in_Ovingdean/

Today the planning commitee have rejected this application 11 with 1 abstention.

Thank you for all your support so far.

We will keep you posted on any new applications or an appeal.


YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED


Application BH2014/02589 
Land South of Ovingdean Road

Application BH/02589 Land South of Ovingdean Road It is now confirmed that the planning committee will meet to decide the Meadow Vale planning application BH2014/02589 (Land South Of Ovingdean Road) on Wednesday 28th January.

Please come to a peaceful demonstration outside Hove Town Hall from 1pm to 2pm on Wednesday 28th January to show the strength of local feeling against this development.

We need as many people there as possible. Placards will be provided!

Venue; Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove.

If you need transport please contact using the link above.

The planning officers have recommended refusal of the application, however the councillors will be deciding it at the meeting at 2pm.

The Officers’ report is in the Agenda/Reports pack for 28th Jan on the B&H Planning Committee Meetings list.

A big Thank You to everybody who has objected so far.

December 2014

The applicants Lightwood/Pegasus have now


-        Reduced the number of houses in their proposed development from 100 to 85, but this huge
number of houses will still have a major impact on the area


-        Revised their Environmental Impact Survey, but they are still failing to satisfactorily
address the traffic, pollution, biodiversity, flooding, infrastructure, economic
and landscape concerns.


Members of the public are being invited to comment on the amendments to the application.

Comments must be made by 24th December 2014

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE OBJECTIONS YOU HAVE ALREADY MADE. THEY ARE STILL VALID BUT PLEASE
COULD YOU CONFIRM YOUR OPPOSITION TO THIS WHOLLY INAPPROPRIATE SCHEME WITH A COMMENT
SUCH AS
:

'I have objected to the previous application of BH/2014 02589. My
objection stands with the amendment of 85 dwellings.'


YOU MAY WISH TO STUDY THE AMENDMENTS AND COMMENT FURTHER
 
Click HERE for the link to the council planning site and search for application number 2014/02589. 

The revised Environmental Impact Survey can be found in the Documents dated 3rd December.


September 2014

Application 2014/02589 for 100 new homes is live!!
General objection window is now closed

New Material objections can still be sent, but the general objection window is now closed.


We expect the planning committee meeting to meet and decide before December.


Thanks to everyone who has communicated to the council so far.


We will also keep you updated for news on this website and on Twitter and by email if you are

on our mailing list.


Planning reference 2014/02589 Site Address: Land South of Ovingdean Road. Click HERE for the link to the council planning site and search for application number 2014/02589. Letters to; Liz Arnold, Planning Officer, Development Control, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ Emails to; planning.applications@brighton-hove.gov.uk Or enter your objection on the council website by clicking here and searching for application number 2014/02589. 


For full details of how to object, including objection topics, click HERE


Please click HERE for a link to all the application planning documents.


August 2014


Rottingdean Parish Council Planning Questionaire

Rottingdean Parish Council (RPC) has published a document relating to its Neighbourhood Plan and inviting comment.  We believe they are considering supporting development on one or more of the five green spaces – called “Urban Fringe” sites within Rottingdean.


See further details in communication letter - click here.


July 2014


Rottingdean Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan


Click here for Update from Save Our Deans



May 2014


Petition Debate Success!!

Fantastic support in favour of our petition at today's council meeting.

Thanks to all those who spoke and all those who signed the petition.


Watch the debate at:


http://www.brighton-hove.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/122621


Debate news:

http://m.theargus.co.uk/news/11202219.Dozens_gather_at_protest_against_massive_housing_development/


http://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2014/05/08/meadow-vale-protesters-to-hold-brighton-town-hall-demo-before-council-meeting/29739