Nineteen years after a Planning Inspector said a disused sports field in Westdene should be developed, the seventh in a series of planning applications spanning 37 years will be heard in February.
It was previously a sports ground bounded primarily by the rear gardens of residential properties along Redhill Drive and Valley Drive but it has been disused for nearly 20 years.
It is privately owned by Braybon Holdings with no public rights of way although there is some unauthorised access by local residents exercising their dogs. A report carried out by Hankinson Duckett Associates considered the site to be of low nature conservancy value.
In 1992 the Local Plan Inspector’s report suggested that if no viable scheme for bringing the site into recreational use was proposed within five years it should be considered for housing. In February 2004 Brighton & Hove Council refused planning permission for 112 homes on the site – all of them affordable [see earlier story].
Braybon Holdings is hoping to develop just over a fifth of the 2.73 hectare site for 31 dwellings [12 affordable (38%) and 19 open market] and an application submitted nine months ago is expected to be heard on February 2nd.
For details of the application click on the link below
Braybon Holdings application for Redhill Close
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