From the end of this month, people and organisations from across the city have a chance to have their say on the draft planning guidance (draft SPD) being prepared for the privately-owned Toads Hole Valley development site. This document has been shaped by an earlier round of consultation with stakeholders (known as the Issues and Options stage) undertaken in March-May 2016.
When adopted by the council this SPD will be used as a guide in determining future planning applications for the 37 ha site. This will help to ensure the successful delivery of City Plan proposals which include a minimum of 700 homes, 25,000 square metres of employment space and a new school.
Consultation is from 27 February to 10 April. A staffed exhibition in Hangleton Community Centre (10am-1pm) and St. Peter’s Church, West Blatchington (1.30pm-4.30pm) is on Saturday 18 March.
Responses will also be able to be made through an online form on the BHCC consultation portal; by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to Planning Policy, Projects and Heritage Team (THV SPD), BHCC, Hove Town Hall, BN3 3BQ.
As well as homes and employment, the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) guidance looks at how policy requirements for community, play and sport facilities, and areas for food growing can be incorporated into the development. An environmental assessment is out for consultation at the same time.
The final version of the SPD will be presented to councillors at the council’s Economic Development & Culture Committee in the spring.
View of the site looking east from the nature reserve.