I visited Ovingdean again today to discuss with Jim & Pat Wright from the Deans Preservation Group campaigners how best to oppose this inappropriate development.
Previously, I visited the exhibition being put on by the developers wishing to build over 100 new homes in the area off Ovingdean Road. I discussed the plans with the developers and met the local residents organising a petition against it. I decided that their opposition was justified and legitimate – I signed the petition. They told me I was the first parliamentary candidate from Kemptown to visit the exhibition and take a public stance.
The plans for new homes risk massive traffic deterioration in an already bad traffic black spot. They will put enormous pressure on local public services. Concreting over a field next to a road that is prone to flooding also seems irresponsible.
But above all, this development is the thin end of the wedge for more greenfield site proposals from opportunistic developers hoping to get previously rejected plans agreed since the Council’s City Plan was overturned by the Government Inspector.
I would urge people to support the campaign against this proposed development.