The Planning Inspectorate hearing the appeal against Brighton & Hove City Council’s decision to reject planning permission for the old Gala Bingo site in Portland Rd has granted consent for the development to go ahead.
The Appeal, which was heard in the 7th September, rejected the city council’s reasoning that the proposed homes and a GP surgery were an inappropriate development on the site.
The applicant – Downland Housing Trust, the second largest landlord in the city – has pledged to abandon building in Brighton & Hove once it has developed the Gala Bingo site. It is closing its office in Portland Rd and transferring staff to its Burgess Hill office.
The application which was taken to appeal was the fifth to be rejected in six years.
The Argus newspaper reports that Hove MP Mike Weatherley called the Inspector's decision "a disgrace" saying that if the appeal had been submitted a year later it would have been automatically rejected due to the coalition government's proposed Localism Bill which gives residents greater powers when opposing planning applications.
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