27 April 2018
Lightwood’s public inquiry relating to its application for 45 units at land south of Ovingdean Road sat for 4 days from 24 April 2018 and closed on 27 April with an accompanied site visit later in the day.
In the absence of Brighton & Hove City Council defending its decision, the appeal was defended by the Deans Preservation Group (DPG) who had been afforded Rule 6 Party status. Whilst the application was originally refused by Brighton & Hove Council for four reasons, the DPG chose not to defend two of them and concentrated their case on the impact of the proposal on the character and appearance of the area, and the ecology and biodiversity of the site, supported by relevant consultants.
Lightwood was represented by Christopher Boyle QC.