Toads Hole Valley Limited has submitted an appeal to the government’s Planning Inspectorate, as the council has not been able to decide the planning application for the development in Hove.
The proposed development, just south of the A27 near King George VI Avenue, includes plans for new homes, a school, community/sports facilities, offices, and retail space. The original planning application was made in November 2018 and received more than 450 comments.
The government company responsible for motorways and major A roads, National Highways, has not yet been able to issue their opinion on the impact the development would have on local roads. This has made it impossible for us to decide to grant or refuse the application.
A Planning Inspector will now be appointed, and a public inquiry held in early June to determine the application. This will take place on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June, and Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 June inclusive. All days will be at the Jubilee Library, except the last day which will be at Brighton Town Hall.
If you made representations on the application previously, we will forward these to the Inspector and they will be considered as part of the appeal. If you wish to make further comment, or change or withdraw previous comments, you can do so online through the Planning Inspectorate’s website.
Alternatively, you can write to The Planning Inspectorate - FAO Robert Wordsworth, 3J Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2, The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN.
All representations must quote the reference BH2018/03633 and must be received no later than 22 March 2022.
Preparing for the inquiry
As part of this process, we must submit our statement of case by 22 March. This includes details of what decision the council’s Planning Committee would have made on the application, had it still been our decision to make.
The Planning Committee will therefore be holding a special meeting to advise on whether they would have approved or refused this application at 10:30am on Monday 21 March 2022 at Hove Town Hall.
Duplicate planning application
Toads Hole Valley Limited has also submitted a duplicate planning application. This is identical to the latest version of the original application submitted at the end of 2018.
Comments made about original application, however, cannot legally be carried forward to the duplicate application. This means that anyone wishing to comment must do so again, even if they made a response previously.
This duplicate application means that city councillors would still be given the opportunity to decide on whether to approve or refuse at a local level, taking into account the fully-assessed traffic and safety impact on the local road network.