John Barradell – Chief Executive
Brighton & Hove City Council
Hove BN3 2LS
19th July 2012
RE: TOAD’S HOLE VALLEY DEVELOPMENT
I write with regard to the proposed development of Toad’s Hole Valley to highlight my views and to pass on representations that I have received from concerned residents.
While I appreciate that more people want to live in Brighton & Hove than there are available homes, I strongly believe that building over Toad’s Hole Valley – a greenfield site that borders, and feels very much part of, the South Downs National Park – is completely inappropriate. Many residents feel the same way.
Toad’s Hole Valley should arguably have formed part of the South Downs National Park. It is a slice of unique Sussex Downland after all. It is only because it found itself neglected for years, and south of the A27, that it was not included.
Building on Toad’s Hole is a slippery slope, especially in light of the housing scheme that the Green Administration wishes to build on the National Park in Horsdean, that will only encourage future attacks on the South Downs. I feel that pursuing this scheme is a most disrespectful response to the recognition that our beloved South Downs have been afforded.
I strongly feel that such countryside should not be developed and worry that the Green Administration’s plans for a high-density development in this spot will further damage the eco credentials of our city. Concreting over this unofficial nature reserve sends out the wrong message, at a time when we should be encouraging people to value the natural environment.
I wish for this letter to be accepted as my formal objection to the council’s proposals. I should be extremely grateful if you would acknowledge receipt of my objection.
MIKE WEATHERLEY MP