A builder plans to put up 120 homes on a site in Portslade.
Crest Nicholson has contacted North Portslade ward councillors Peter Atkinson and Penny Gilbey to tell them about the proposal.
The company wants to build the homes on privately owned land at the top of Mile Oak between the A27 Brighton bypass and Graham Avenue, Overdown Rise and Gorse Close.
The site is one of several “urban fringe” sites identified by Brighton and Hove City Council in the City Plan as potentially suitable for housing.
Crest Nicholson intends to submit a planning application for 120 homes of which 40 per cent will be classed as “affordable”.
The rest of the land will be “retained and enhanced” as part of the existing Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI) and informal open space.
The allotments currently on the site will be left untouched as will the small wood at the east of the site which is home to owls.
Over the next few months contractors will be carrying out surveys of the site in relation to contamination, archaeology and ecology.
The proposals will probably take formal shape in September but Councillor Atkinson and Councillor Gilbey said that they were keen that local residents learn of the plans as soon as possible.
Councillor Gilbey is deputy chair of the council’s Planning Committee so has to keep an open mind and remain neutral.
However, Councillor Atkinson and Hove MP Peter Kyle will be talking a more active role in ensuring that residents are fully and properly consulted.
To that end a leaflet is being delivered to at least 2,000 residents in North Portslade alerting them to the proposals and asking for their initial views via a questionnaire.
Councillor Atkinson said: “There are understandable concerns about our local infrastructure.
“These concerns include drainage and floodwater, car parking, the medical centre and the capacity of the local road network to cope with extra cars.”
Councillor Atkinson has been meeting with Crest Nicholson and the council’s Planning Department to find out more about possible timescales.
He said: “Myself and Peter Kyle are absolutely committed to ensuring that the concerns of local residents are heard.
“I recognise that the city is in desperate need of more housing but we must make sure local residents’ views are taken into account as well.”