Three new homes to be squeezed on to Portslade driveway

Posted On 09 Aug 2017 at 5:03 pm

Three new homes are to be squeezed on to an old driveway in Portslade despite the objections of neighbours.

The single-storey building will include a one-bedroom apartment and two with two bedrooms on land behind Rowan Close, Portslade.

One of the objectors, Don Peters, who has lived next to the site for 47 years, said that the site was too narrow for anything other “Mickey Mouse plans”.

He objected to the harm to the living conditions of neighbouring residents and said that this would not outweigh the benefits for the few residents of any new homes there.

It will have “a horrendous and overbearing impact”, he told planners from Brighton and Hove City Council.

After he spoke, ward councillor Peter Atkinson addressed the council’s Planning Committee at Hove Town Hall this afternoon (Wednesday 9 August).

He said: “This application and variations of it have been hanging over the residents of Rowan Close and Hillcourt Mews for some years now.

“There have been four applications and two subsequent appeals both of which were dismissed – the reasons being given: the effect of the development on the occupiers of Rowan Close and Hillcourt Mews in respect of living conditions and outlook.

“I have to ask what has changed?

“Although the proposals are now single storey, many if not all of the original concerns remain.

“This development would most certainly will have an overbearing effect and significant impact on the residents of both Rowan Close and Hillcourt Mews.

“The site for the proposed development is a very narrow piece of land.

“The boundaries of the development and the properties in Rowan Close would be ridiculously near to each other and I wonder if it has been considered that a boundary agreement would need to be negotiated.

Councillor Peter Atkinson and people affected by plans to build homes on an old driveway in Portslade

“The footprint of this development is actually larger than previous applications so this would be even more cramped … and would protrude along the boundaries of at least three properties n Rowan Close.

“The construction of Hillcourt Mews itself caused problems in nearby homes and a resident in Mile Oak Road has a structural survey which shows movement and destabilisation to her house which will be worsened by any further nearby development.

“Other home owners have reported large cracks in walls and ceilings.

“I sit on the Housing Committee and we are regularly looking at ways to build on difficult to develop sites or cramped sites or garage sites.

“The piece of land that this application covers, though, is simply not wide enough and would detract enormously from the quality of life for residents both to the south and north of it.”

He quoted neighbours as saying: “There is simply no space. This will seriously affect our quality of life.

“This will be a disaster for those of us living in Hillcourt Mews. It will destroy our outlook.”

Councillor Penny Gilbey

His fellow Labour councillor Adrian Morris spoke about the desperate local housing need and another, Clare Moonan, said that it was a finely balanced decision but she was in favour.

Councillor Carol Theobald, a Conservative, said: “This is a difficult site … I think the developers have been rather greedy with this application. I won’t be voting for it.”

Councillor Penny Gilbey, who represents North Portslade, also opposed the scheme.

Councillor Julie Cattell, who chairs the Planning Committee, said: “It’s a very innovative use of the site.”

The plans were approved by eight votes to three.

Afterward Councillor Atkinson said that he was “incredibly disappointed for local residents”.

He said: “I totally appreciate the need for new housing but this site is simply too small in my view. Obviously, the Planning Committee took a different view.”

  1. Sylvia BIshop Reply

    There are houses not only on this drive way, but also on the back of Graham avenue,that are going to spoil portslade,portslade is a little village,I looked the other day and it’s already not the pritty little village it used to be,the congestion and lack of schools etc,is a worry,why can little villages be left alone,our little villages through out Sussex are now being ruined. You only have to try and drive throug ditching, and rotting dean, surely there comes a time when u say, enough is enough, a village is a village,we don’t need co op shops etc, leave our little village alone

    • Ashley Reply

      People need places to live. Portslade hasn’t been a village for quite a while. NIMBYism is so boring.

  2. David Jacobs Reply

    Since when has Rottingdean been 2 words?

  3. james Reply

    More homes – fantastic news. Bit more time bought for the green belt.

  4. Charlie Bones Reply

    Green belts are already disappearing under housing developments. 263 k new builds last year, a record high according to the House Builders ass. And yet we still have a housing crisis.

  5. Bonny Cother Reply

    Don’t vote Clare Moonan in again……….she obviously does not listen to the residents. Shame Mile Oak is being converted to a shamble of all size housing….regardless of lack of parking, roadways not initially constructed for major traffic. The infrastructure will eventually fail. Who will be blamed? Those who don’t listen to the local residents who know their surroundings.

  6. Valerie Paynter, saveHOVE Reply

    Many thousands are decamping to this area from London and elsewhere with the money to pay for whatever is built, but no other investment in the area of any other kind. No interest in its history, the community. Nothing. And no knowledge of the decreasing infrastructure on offer either. Schools, doctors, you name it.

    Worst of all are those seeking properties to buy to leave as asset-class investments that will grow money for them.

    Politicians and uninvolved residents are just letting it happen. By the time a planning application arrives it is too late, folks. The planning policies are in place, demanded by central Government.

    Don’t like it? Start making the right noises about killing the golden goose to the MP’s and Tories pushing this area into becoming another Kowloon. And get more involved with local government/councils.

    Look on the council website at the City Plan Pt 1 (already agreed) and Pt 2 in prep. Be aware at the planning policy prep stage.

  7. Tony Clevett Reply

    Totally unsuitable for this close.The residents have suffered enough disruption in recent years.

  8. C Reply

    I remember when I started my apprenticeship up there for the printers in 97 and all everyone done was moan up there, and obviously they now have something else to moan about.

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