8 February 2018
Brighton & Hove’s Planning Committee has decided not to defend its decision at appeal to refuse Lightwood’s planning application for 45 homes on land south of Ovingdean Road.
The discussion on 7th February included legal advice relating to a live appeal so had to be held in a confidential session.
Councillors were recommended to withdraw two of the four reasons for refusal and to then consider the resulting planning balance of the appealed proposal. Weighing up the planning benefits the scheme would bring against the remaining reasons for refusal they agreed that the Local Planning Authority should no longer defend the planning appeal.
Lightwood will be pursuing an application for the full award of costs.