The Council has announced that its preferred site for a new 900 space Park & Ride facility is Patcham Court Farm .
The abandoned farm site, which is owned by the local authority, is south of the A27 bypass and not in the proposed South Downs National Park. This makes it politically much more acceptable than Braypool which is the location preferred by the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership. Patcham Court Farm is earmarked in the Local Plan for business/industrial use and has been considered in the past as a possible site for a business park and a supermarket. A site with 900 spaces would be commercially viable but it would require the demolition of five houses and the removal of 35 allotments that are between the farm buildings and Horsdean Recreation ground. It is also at the very northern edge of a residential district so there are bound to be objections. The decision in principle is to go before the Council's Policy & Resources Committee on 26th January but there is a possiblility that any decision will be called in by the Secretary of State which would delay the planning process considerably.
Although it is very close to the A27 it would require changes to the road network at a point where there is already a complicated double roundabout layout and the Highways Agency will have the final say about whether access is possible.
Although not the preferred location of the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP) the nomination of a specific site is a positive step in what has become a very long-running debate (see other stories in the Knowledgebase). The BHEP will look closely at the proposals and consult widely before commenting further.
For a summary of Patcham Court Farm (pdf 127 KB) click on the download below.
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