Brighton & Hove Green Party

Green move for open debate on Local Plan

5 October 2003

11 July 2002

In the lead up to the critical debate on July 26th which will approve the second draft of the new Local Plan, the recommendations of Council planners will today be posted onto the Green Party website.

The full Council debate will decide the content of the plan, which will steer city-wide land use for the next 10 years. Controversial matters like the Community Stadium, Brighton Station superstore development, and Park & Ride will all be heavily influenced by the vote.

The recommendations published today reveal the latest Council thinking, and give Councillors the opportunity to make any amendments they may feel are necessary.

On Falmer officers are recommending no change to the original policy which still identifies University-owned land for a stadium, and similarly on the Brighton Station site no change to the policy which allows a superstore to be built is being recommended.

Green Councillor Rik Child said today

"I believe it's vitally important the public are kept informed of the latest Council plans, and that's why the complete document has been put onto our web-site. Even at this late stage there is time to lobby for changes, if anyone has comments about the plans then now is the time to make them known. They should get in touch with councillors.

The next Council meeting on July 19 gives time for the public to ask questions on issues of concern, but currently I am told there are no plans to answer those questions at that meeting. I think the whole process needs opening up, and that why we're providing the public with as much information as possible"



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