Why we object

We object to these proposals for the following reasons:

1. The existing green space is important to the community and would be a great loss

Many people love this part of the Round Hill conservation area with its peaceful tree-filled glade and views across the back of the Victorian terraces. The 'green ribbon' running between Wakefield Road, Richmond Road and Round Hill Crescent, right up as far as Ashdown Road adds greatly to the character of the area and provides a stunning view from across the valley.

Round Hill is already a densely populated area with very little open space and to build on one of the few remaining areas of greenery would be an awful example of town cramming. We really value the few areas of open space we have left and we desperately want to keep them.

2. There will be a detrimental impact on local wildlife

Although the plans proudly boast that the buildings would be 'eco-friendly', the stark truth is that the development would destroy a beautiful and thriving wildlife habitat and a feeding ground for Pipistrelle bats.

3. Any development on this space would be a bad precedent for other precious green spaces in Round Hill

We value the small number of open spaces that add greatly to the character of the area. If this beautiful strip of land is not safe from developers, then we are afraid that all the remaining green spaces in Round Hill would be under threat.

4. The plans do not respect the conservation area

We appreciate the need for additional housing in Brighton and Hove, but we do not believe this should be at any cost. If we spoil the character of areas such as Round Hill, the entire city loses, becoming a much less attractive place in which to live.

The proposed buildings are totally out of character with the surrounding Victorian architecture. Where existing houses have pitched roofs, the tops of the proposed properties are flat; in place of rendered walls, the proposed units have bare brick, glass and wood cladding. The designs are out of tune with this landscape, making an ugly contrast.

The site is also of historical significance as one of the 'drying grounds' that once filled the whole of Round Hill with the sight of drying laundry billowing in the wind. It is now the only one of these grounds to be visible to members of the public walking up and down the Cats Creep and its loss would put the history and heritage of the area out of reach of most residents.

5. The site is inappropriate for building

On a purely practical level, the site is inappropriate for development. Because it is accessible on foot only, it is not possible to make any provision for parking of residents, visitors or deliveries. The proposals for bicycle sheds on the site are risible - there is no way that residents would carry bicycles up or down the steps on a daily basis.

Development on the site also discriminates against the disabled or people with poor mobility for whom the new homes will be inaccessible.

Digging into the hillside to lay foundations for the new complex could make the entire slope unstable and could have disastrous effects on surrounding properties.

6. The proposed disruption during the build would not be fair on the rest of the community

The proposals show that the Cats Creep would have to be closed during construction to allow dumpers to run up and down the steps. It is also likely that the steps will have to be dug up for utilities and sewage channels to be laid.

We believe that in practice, the use of construction vehicles driving up and down the steps will irreparably damage the Cats Creep.

A feeding ground for Round Hill's bats

a view of the trees on the site

We arranged for a brief initial survey of bat activity on the site which shows that the area is an important feeding ground for Pipistrelle bats and we are worried that development on the site will destroy this important habitat.

- bat activity on the site

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What you can do

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