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Scheme for 800 homes revealed


A map of the site

A PUBLIC consultation on an 800-home development will be held this weekend.

Plans for possible uses for the 100-acre Toad’s Hole Valley site, which lies between King George VI Avenue and the A27, will go on display on Saturday and Tuesday.

The plans will include around 800 homes, office space, landscaped and food-growing green spaces, a new local centre and land made available for a school if required by the council.

At least 40 per cent of the houses will be affordable homes.

The site is allocated for development in Brighton and Hove’s City Plan and is considered key to ensuring the city can meet the demand for new market and affordable homes.

Councillor Vanessa Brown, who represents neighbouring Hangleton and Knoll ward, said she would attend Saturday’s meeting.

She said: “We want to get the nicest development we can, so we want to push for medical facilities and community facilities.

“I also have major concerns about traffic and parking, because King George is already a very busy road.”

Residents and community groups have been invited to two public meetings taking place on Saturday and Tuesday (see panel), which will be open to the public.

The exhibition is being held by land promotion specialist St Congar, which is working with the Cook family who own the land, to bring forward the site in line with the council’s planning requirements.

St Congar will not build on the site itself but will sell parcels to other developers or housing associations to deliver.

Tony Blackburn from St Congar said: “We’re looking forward to presenting our draft plans and hearing local residents’ comments and feedback.

“Our proposals are in line with the council’s policies and SPD, (Supplementary Planning Document) which was put together over many years of consultation with local residents.”

A planning application could come before councillors next year following consultations.

This January, an £18 million housing project for the northern corner of the area – which is under different ownership and not part of the Toad’s Hole Valley scheme – was agreed by the council.

The 69-home development will include a mixture of one-bed, two-bed and three-bed homes in a quartet of three and four storey buildings as well as 107 car parking and 132 cycle spaces.

Councillors broadly welcomed the new homes but raised warnings of a potential “traffic catastrophe” because of the site’s proximity to the busy A27.

The exhibition will take place in two locations on two days:

Saturday December 2, 10am-2pm, at St Peter’s Church Hall, Court Farm Road, West Blatchington, BN3 7LQ

Tuesday December 5, 4.30pm-8.30pm, Hall 2, Hangleton Community Centre, Hove, BN3 8BW

More details can be found at www.toadsholevalley.co.uk which will go live with the details on Saturday.

Source: The Argus