Reasons for Refusal

The application submitted in May 2006 was refused on the following grounds:

Reason 1

The development would fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Round Hill Conservation Area. The loss of the green open space would fail to protect or enhance the historic street layout of the area and would seriously harm the quality of views into the conservation area. Furthermore the design and siting of the buildings fails to take into account the developed background into which the development is set. This is contrary to Policies QD1, QD2, QD4 and HE6 of the Brighton and Hove Local Plan.

Reason 2

The development would lead to an unacceptable loss of urban open space which is considered important in the context of the conservation area and for its high amenity value which is enjoyed by local residents. Furthermore the applicant has failed to demonstrate that the development is of national importance or essential to meet social, environmental and economical needs and that it can not be located elsewhere. This is contrary to policies QD20, QD3 and HE6 of the Brighton and Hove Local Plan.

Reason 3

The development fails to provide for the travel demands that it creates. The development fails to provide sufficient on site parking and adequate vehicular or pedestrian access. Furthermore it cannot be demonstrated that the development would remain genuinely car free over the long term. This is contrary to policies TR1, TR19 and HO7 of the Brighton and Hove Local Plan and Supplementary Planning Guidance Note 4 (Parking Standards).

Reason 4

The applicant has failed to demonstrate that the new housing would be constructed to lifetime homes standard. This is contrary to planning policy HO13 of the Brighton and Hove Local Plan.

Reason 5

The proposed landscaping does not provide sufficient new tree planting to replace the existing species of trees on site. The loss of trees on this site would harm the appearance, character and amenity value of the area and Round Hill Conservation Area. This is contrary to policies QD15, QD16 and HE6 of the Brighton and Hove Local Plan.

Reason 6

The proposal fails to demonstrate a satisfactory construction waste minimisation strategy, confirming how demolition and construction waste will be recovered and reused on site or at other sites, therefore reducing the need to dispose of waste at landfill. This is contrary to policies SU13 of the Brighton and Hove Local Plan and WLP11 of the East Sussex and Brighton & Hove Waste Local Plan.

[Source: Brighton and Hove City Council website, June 2006]