the Business Forum and
the Economic Partnership
in Brighton & Hove
Homepage    BCRP Intranet    Funding    Events    Knowledgebase    Links    About us     Contact us
Key projects
Crime
reduction
 


Inward
investment
information
 


Licensee
Forum
 

Workforce development 

Transport
 

Business &
climate
change

Property &
Development sites

Business
Improvement
Districts

Housing
 

Strategy
 

Consultation opportunities
 

Brighton & Hove Business Forum
8-11 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Tel: 01273 735442
Email: info@brighton
business.co.uk

© Brighton & Hove
Business Forum

News - 8 December 2005
The inadequate Withdean will have to service the city for the foreseeable future

Tories reject Patcham park & ride but support Braypool

At a meeting of the policy and resources committee on 7th December the council voted by 9 to 6 to reject both of the proposed park and ride sites. Six of those anti votes were conservative but Tory leader Cllr. Peltzer-Dunn is supporting Braypool as the obvious site for a new facility.

The rejection scuppers the chances of a successful bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) for a rapid transit system (RTS), which was predicated on establishing a major new park and ride facility on the outskirts of the city. Some £20m of transport planning is now in serious jeopardy and almost certain to be lost for the foreseeable future. 

But Cllr Peltzer Dunn is quoted in Saturday's Argus: - "As for park & ride, it was the Conservative's who suggested Braypool, which would have been far more suitable. We rejected Patcham Court Farm because it wasn't a park-and-ride" 

ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP COMMENT

For a council that has the expansion of park and ride as one of the key planks of its existing transport plan, the business community will not give up on the prospect of a new facility being created despite the setback this decision represents.

With 13,000 jobs and £380m of revenue dependent on getting visitors into the city park and ride is an option that could deliver half a million of them and it is essential to the future prosperity of the visitor economy. Any visitor that spends two hours in a traffic jam between Mill Road roundabout and the city centre is unlikely to relish a return to Brighton & Hove. Many are equally unlikely to decide that the train is a preferable option despite our best efforts to promote it as such. Indeed there is a serious question mark over increased train use on a service that already operates beyond 100% capacity (see earlier story in knowledgebase - Commuter trains are more than full - 23rd November).

A park & ride is also essential to our events strategy, not just for large venue events like concerts at the proposed Ice Arena at Black Rock but also for key dates in the events calendar such as the London to Brighton bike ride. The refusal by Southern trains to carry bikes back to London after the event chokes the city with private vehicles and lorries trying to pick up bikes from the city centre. A park and ride on the outskirts of the city could be the official pick-up point.

Although the rejection of Patcham Court Farm means there will be no new facility in the near future it at least clears the way to concentrate all efforts on Braypool which, with Conservative support, is deliverable.

The issues surrounding Braypool centre on the 'sequential test' for suitable sites and the fact that it is 250 metres north of the bypass, just inside the boundary of the proposed South Downs National Park. The Council ruled out any development north of the bypass five years ago at a time when our visitor numbers were about 5 million per annum. We now receive 8 million per annum.

The 'sequential test' for a suitable site prioritizes any brownfield site that would be fit for the purpose but now that the brownfield Patcham Court Farm site has been rejected it leaves only the greenfield Braypool fitting all the criteria for a park & ride.

The Local Plan states that any development on sites such as Braypool (i.e. in an AONB and north of the bypass) must be “in the national interest”. A park and ride that serves the needs of the National Park as well as the city would, by any definition, be in the national interest.

The decision to give planning consent for a park and ride at Braypool would almost certainly be called in for public inquiry by the Secretary of State but if the National Park Authority supported it, the chances of acceptance would be increased dramatically. Unfortunately the time scale for planning would be at least two years, which will not save the city’s bid for £20m of DfT funding for RTS, but Braypool now represents the best opportunity we have to provide a transport plan fit for the 21st century and fulfil the Council’s commitment to increasing park and ride provision.

The Economic Partnership will continue to lobby for park and ride at Braypool, which has always been its preferred site, and urges the rest of the business community to do the same.


Read related items on:
Park & Ride
Brighton & Hove City Council
Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership
Department for Transport
Peltzer-Dunn, Garry
Patcham Court Farm
Black Rock
Brighton Centre
Brighton Marina
King Alfred
Braypool


Browse our business Knowledgebase or search by keyword


Headlines

23 February 2018
Brighton Technology Company, Paxton Ranks in Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For
23 February 2018
Greater Brighton's Commercial Property Database 22 February 2018
SE-ASSIST - Launch of Loan Capital in Greater Brighton 19 February 2018
House Price update Q4 2017 19 February 2018
What would you do in a crisis? 19 February 2018
The investment journey for high growth entrepreneurs 9 February 2018
Make Change Count 2018 - helping rough sleepers in Brighton & Hove 8 February 2018
Brighton Technology Company Paxton Announces Recipients of New Scholarship Programmein Association with the University of Brighton 8 February 2018
Cyber London Accelerator Invites Summer 2018 Entries 8 February 2018
Innovate UK Launches Strand 2 Emerging and Enabling Technologies Sector Competition 8 February 2018
Success In Sussex As Food And Drink Heroes Crowned Winners 8 February 2018
UK Games Fund - Fourth Round Open to Applications 8 February 2018
Innovate UK & Prince's Trust Launch Young Innovators' Programme 6 February 2018
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership launches 'Kit Out The Kitchen' crowdfunding campaign 2 February 2018
Brighton & Hove Council and Crest Nicholson win £15m government funding to kickstart King Alfred project 1 February 2018
Could a Utilise Plus Programme grant help you? 1 February 2018
Shoreham Port Facilitates Huge Operation 18 January 2018
IUK Announces Collaborative R&D Funding for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Simulation 18 January 2018
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Launches $1 Billion Corporate Venture Capital Fund for Next Generation Mobility 17 January 2018
PORTlife #17 Newsletter Out Now 17 January 2018
Over £19,000 raised for Burning the Clocks 2017 11 January 2018
Brighton Main Line Improvement Project: Planned closures in October 2018 and February 2019 11 January 2018
Come on in! Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 8 January 2018
Sussex Business SkillSnap targets hospitality industry skill shortage 3 January 2018
House Price update 2017 Q3 20 December 2017
£14.35 Million European Regional Development Fund Launched 19 December 2017
Leading the way - Sustainability in Action masterclass 15 December 2017
Brighton is among the best places to start a business due to their strong growth factors 15 December 2017
GTR consultation ends 20th Dec 2017 13 December 2017
Ethical Food StartUp Programme - Idea Generation Workshop 12 December 2017
Utilise Plus launch programme of energy efficiency grants and business support for SMEs 11 December 2017
City Centre Vacancy Rates Drop Slightly From Sept 5 December 2017
Innovate UK Announces Sector Competitions in Manufacturing and Infrastructure Systems 5 December 2017
GDPR, steps to early compliance 1 December 2017
The 29th Sussex Business Awards 2017 Winners Announced 1 December 2017
Old tech gear? Give IT a new lease of life 29 November 2017
Driving for Better Business Campaign launches 29 November 2017
ARKA Funerals sponsor Burning the Clocks 2017 with 'In Memory' lanterns 27 November 2017
Govia Thameslink launches third consultation phase on once-in-a-generation timetable restructure 23 November 2017
Coast to Capital Launches Brighton Mainline Alliance