City Plan Part 2 Examination – next stages

A new public consultation on the City Plan Part 2 begins on 17 March and will run for 7 weeks.

Adopted in 2016, Part One of the plan set out a strategic planning framework for the city to 2030, including targets for new housing and employment, and where new strategic development should go.

City Plan Part 2 sets out detailed policies for managing new development and further site allocations to help deliver much needed high-quality development.

Following three previous rounds of consultation, the City Plan Part 2 is currently being examined by a government planning inspector. After public hearing sessions held in November 2021 the inspector indicated that some changes, known as main modifications, may be needed. 

This focused consultation will seek views solely on the main modifications. The inspector will then consider the comments submitted, conclude the examination and issue her report. 

Proposed main modifications

The modifications under consultation include changes to policies relating to green infrastructure and nature conservation; shopping areas; energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

Changes are also proposed to the supporting wording of the Brighton General Hospital site allocation to safeguard swift colonies during development.

Through the examination the inspector carefully considered all the consultation comments and evidence from the council, respondents and participants concerning urban fringe housing sites. There are proposed changes to urban fringe policies as a result. 

These changes would remove one urban fringe site from the plan. Land at and adjacent to Horsdean Recreation Ground in Patcham would be removed from the plan due to the potential impact of the development on a designated local wildlife site. 

Another site – land at a former nursery in Saltdean – is proposed to have its boundary amended and the potential number of dwelling units reduced.

The inspector, having considered all the evidence and representations, has not asked the council to consult on any other changes to the list of urban fringe sites.

Give us your views

Councillor Martin Osborne, Co-chair of Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture committee, said: “Policies in the City Plan Part 2 will help meet housing needs and support the city’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2030.

"It's important that the council has a complete, up-to-date, and robust planning policy framework. We are grateful to all the residents, businesses, developers, and organisations who have already made their voices heard to shape the plan.

“Building on that feedback, this consultation is an important step in enabling the inspector to complete her report. I urge you to take part and give us your views.”

The consultation documents can be viewed online at City Plan Part 2 examination.

From 17 March, comments can be submitted through the council’s online consultation portal, by emailing or by writing to CPP2 Policy, Projects and Heritage Team, Brighton & Hove City Council, First Floor Hove Town Hall, Norton Road BN3 3BQ.

The deadline for submitting comments is 11.59pm on Thursday 5 May 2022.

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