See below an open letter from Councillors Steve Bell and Robert Nemeth.
Our interest is in the green space of the city – which is limited, and at risk of recreation pressure, lack of management, and development. Proposals like this will involve mitigation – the question is whether the value of the sites for housing (which the city desperately needs) outweighs the environmental impacts, and whether the impacts can be adequately mitigated. The conservation conundrum, in a nutshell. Local groups like Save Whitehawk Hill (photo) are very concerned.
Brighton & Hove Building Green is not party political – if other parties have a view they should let us know and we would be happy to share it.
Dear Environmental Groups,
7 days to save 16 Brighton & Hove green sites from development=
A Special Brighton & Hove City Council meeting on 23 April will determine whether 16 green sites will be built on.
These include ecologically valuable sites such as Whitehawk Hill and Benfield Valley. The full list of 16 sites is listed in Section H2, Table 8, Page 178 of the proposed 10-year development plan.
The Conservative group of councillors is taking a strong stand to save these sites and is campaigning hard for the removal of section H2 from the plan entirely which you can read about here.
However, we currently do not have support from the other party groups:
What you can do to help
With the meeting now 7 days away, you can help by sharing this message with your organisation’s members and contacting your local councillors about their own stance.
You can also help by replying to this email and indicating your support for the Conservative position to delete section H2 from the plan in its entirety.
The more support we can demonstrate from across the community, the better chance we have of stopping the plan in its current form and saving these precious green spaces for future generations.
You can find a link to next week’s Special meeting here.
CLLR STEVE BELL / CLLR ROBERT NEMETH
On behalf of the Conservative Group