Having your say about the natural environment in Brighton and Hove

26 October 2020 | Posted in Planning , Jess Price
Having your say about the natural environment in Brighton and Hove
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By Jess Price
Conservation Officer

Recently it feels like the consultations on national planning policy have been never-ending, and whilst the Sussex Wildlife Trust Conservation Policy Team have been doing our best to respond to these, we mustn’t take our eye off local planning issues.

For the past two months, Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) have been consulting on their proposed submission City Plan Part 2 (CPP2) and the deadline for comment is this Friday 30 October

We have been working hard on the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s response and will be submitting it this week. We are quite supportive of the policies in the plan - BHCC has made most of the changes to policy wording that we recommended in our response to their draft Plan consultation back in 2018, and overall the development management policies are very strong in terms of delivering for biodiversity.

However, there is a huge problem: BHCC is proposing housing allocations on several Local Wildlife Sites and even a Local Nature Reserve!

We understand that there is huge housing pressure in the city but building on these sites won’t make a significant difference to the gap in housing delivery. What it will do is set a terrible precedent for developing core areas of the City’s ecological network, some of which the council owns, right in the middle of a climate and ecological emergency.

Sussex Wildlife Trust is objecting to all the allocations on designated sites (that don’t already have planning permission). The allocation of most concern is ‘Land at and adjoining Brighton Race Course’ as this site is right in the middle of Whitehawk Hill Local Nature Reserve (LNR). As a designated LNR that the council committed to protecting for people and wildlife, the Sussex Wildlife Trust believes strongly that this allocation must be deleted from the proposed plan.

You can read more about the consultation and how to respond here. We encourage anybody impacted by or interested in the Brighton City Plan Part 2 to get involved and submit your own comments via the Brighton and Hove City Council website.


  • Laura Leslie:

    26 Oct 2020 19:17:00

    I strongly object to developing core areas where there is an ecological network. I understand the need for more housing, but there lots of brown sites to be used. We cannot encroach on sites with no planning, especially the land adjoining Brighton Race Course. This needs deleting from the plan and I totally support the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Please take action to save our environment.

  • Barbara Bird:

    26 Oct 2020 19:32:00

    The area designated as a Nature Reserve must be protected as a habitat for wildlife and must not be built on.

  • Sheila Fenton:

    27 Oct 2020 10:13:00

    I strongly feel that we are responsible for the wildlife in our country. We acknowledge and contribute to saving endangered species in other countries and have the same commitment here in the British Isles. If we do not care where will it end.

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