Brighton MP urges council to save greenfield site from housing

Posted On 24 Apr 2014 at 7:23 pm

Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby has written to Brighton and Hove City Council, urging planners to protect Meadow Vale in Ovingdean.

He wants officials to rule out development at the greenfield site as part of the council’s current review of urban fringe sites being considered by for development.

Mr Kirby said: “I recently spoke at the public meeting organised by local people and it was abundantly clear that residents share my belief that development at this site is completely inappropriate.

“I am therefore calling on Brighton and Hove City Council to listen to local people and rule out development at Meadow Vale.”

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The Conservative MP added: “The council should be looking at brownfield sites, infill sites and other more appropriate sites across the city before threatening areas like Meadow Vale.”

The council is currently considering a list of 49 urban fringe sites across Brighton and Hove.

Surrey developer Lightwood Property wants to build 112 homes on the nine-acre Meadow Vale site.

Mr Kirby said: “I will continue to stand alongside local residents in opposing development at this site, which is completely inappropriate for a whole host of reasons.

“It is important the city council listens to the strong message being sent by the community who want to see this important piece of land safeguarded.

“It is within the power of the council to make it very clear that Meadow Vale is an inappropriate site for development.”

  1. Martin Fish Reply

    Has the world gone mad? A Tory defends a greenfield site against a Green-led council? At least I knew where I stood with Thatcher et al (on verge of nuclear war, oh, hang on)

  2. Martin Fish Reply

    Has the world gone mad? A Tory defends a greenfield site against a Green-led council? At least I knew where I stood with Thatcher et al (on verge of nuclear war, oh, hang on)

  3. ian killmister Reply

    GREEN council building on fields . Is 5homes Lucas in the same political party as these council idiots ? or are they ‘ different ‘ greens ?
    How much longer til these people get voted out ?
    luv , lemme

  4. ian killmister Reply

    GREEN council building on fields . Is 5homes Lucas in the same political party as these council idiots ? or are they ‘ different ‘ greens ?
    How much longer til these people get voted out ?
    luv , lemme

  5. Cllr Warren Morgan Reply

    This is a private developer – not the council – proposing a development using new freedoms given to them by the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework, which Mr Kirby enthusiastically supported.

    When new protections for Meadow Vale were proposed in the City Plan, Conservative councillors abstained.

    So this is the Tories shutting the gate not only after the horse has bolted, but after they opened it in the first place.

  6. Cllr Warren Morgan Reply

    This is a private developer – not the council – proposing a development using new freedoms given to them by the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework, which Mr Kirby enthusiastically supported.

    When new protections for Meadow Vale were proposed in the City Plan, Conservative councillors abstained.

    So this is the Tories shutting the gate not only after the horse has bolted, but after they opened it in the first place.

  7. HJarrs Reply

    Warren is spot on. Kirby has a disgraceful record in parliament when it comes to voting on planning regulations to give developers the ability to roll right over local communities. Kirby has some front now trying to slip the blame onto the council when he and his incompetent party are to blame.

  8. HJarrs Reply

    Warren is spot on. Kirby has a disgraceful record in parliament when it comes to voting on planning regulations to give developers the ability to roll right over local communities. Kirby has some front now trying to slip the blame onto the council when he and his incompetent party are to blame.

  9. ian killmister Reply

    So our GREEN council will have NO problem in stopping this development , then ? I assume . Is that what is implied ? or is it political posturing ? No-one really cares about the who or why or when . just the ” DONT BUILD IT ” bit is the important bit .. isn’t it ? confused about the political posturing , but with luv , lemme

  10. ian killmister Reply

    So our GREEN council will have NO problem in stopping this development , then ? I assume . Is that what is implied ? or is it political posturing ? No-one really cares about the who or why or when . just the ” DONT BUILD IT ” bit is the important bit .. isn’t it ? confused about the political posturing , but with luv , lemme

  11. pachallis Reply

    @HJarrs – so the greens have now started using the ‘incompetent’ adjective for members of other parties?

    Well it would take a party and councilors that apparently value incompetence to be able to try to tarnish other parties with the same accusation.

    Let’s not forget the other adjectives for the greens – ideological, irresponsible, ill-conceived, innumerate, immature and idiotic.

    Anyhow – how did the ‘progressive’ green councilors vote on the green city plan?

    @Warren Morgan – so the tories abstained – how did the labour councilors vote on the green city plan?

  12. pachallis Reply

    @HJarrs – so the greens have now started using the ‘incompetent’ adjective for members of other parties?

    Well it would take a party and councilors that apparently value incompetence to be able to try to tarnish other parties with the same accusation.

    Let’s not forget the other adjectives for the greens – ideological, irresponsible, ill-conceived, innumerate, immature and idiotic.

    Anyhow – how did the ‘progressive’ green councilors vote on the green city plan?

    @Warren Morgan – so the tories abstained – how did the labour councilors vote on the green city plan?

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