29 March 2016
Lightwood Strategic is extremely disappointed that the Inspector has decided to uphold Brighton and Hove’s decision to refuse Lightwood’s application in Ovingdean.
Lightwood continue to believe that the site presents an opportunity to address some of the housing need in the area while limiting the impact on the surrounding protected sites.
More encouragingly the Inspector did conclude that the western part of the site was suitable for residential development,
“Notwithstanding caveats in relation to ecology and open space, I consider [the Brighton and Hove: Further assessment of Urban Fringe Sites 2015] gives significant endorsement to the principle of residential development with in part of Site 42 and necessarily reflect its location relative to the SDNP.”