Talking about Toad's Hole Valley

From the end of this month, people and organisations from across the city have a chance to have their say on draft planning guidance being prepared for the Toad's Hole Valley development site which, when adopted by the council, will be used as a guide to assess and determine future planning applications coming forward on the site.

Draft planning guidance for this important development site in the city will help to ensure the successful delivery of City Plan policy proposals to bring forward a minimum of 700 homes, 25,000 square metres of employment space and a new school to meet the needs of the city.

Toad's Hole Valley is a 37 hectare site on the northern fringe of the city’s built up area. The A27 is on its northern boundary with King George VI Avenue on the south. The site is privately owned.

The consultation is open from 27 February to 4 May (end of the day, at 12 midnight) 2017.

A staffed exhibition in Hangleton Community Centre (10am to 1pm) and St. Peter’s Church, West Blatchington (1.30pm to 4.30pm) is on Saturday 18 March.

You will be able to respond through the online Toad's Hole Valley conusltation form, email or write to Planning Policy, Projects and Heritage Team (THV SPD), BHCC,  Hove Town Hall, BN3 3BQ. Find out more on our Toad's Hole Valley web page

Councillor Julie Cattell, lead member for planning strategy at Brighton & Hove City Council, said: “The draft guidance identifies opportunities for making the best use of the Toad's Hole Valley site to meet the needs of new and existing communities. Your views will help shape guidance that will influence future planning applications.

“Our aim is to deliver high quality and sustainable development on the site, improving open space and transport infrastructure.”

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.

Responses received during consultation will help shape the final version of the SPD which will be presented to councillors at the council’s Economic Development & Culture Committee in the spring.

The Draft SPD has been shaped by an earlier round of consultation with stakeholders (known as the Issues and Options stage) undertaken from March to May 2016.