Approved designs for new homes in Meadow Vale, Rottingdean Brighton News

COUNCILORS unanimously approved the designs for 45 houses that are planned for a field in Rottingdean.

The £ 20million project, in Meadow Vale, near Ovingdean Road, Rottingdean, was granted a building permit on appeal in 2018.

Councilors were asked to approve the proposed designs on Wednesday, after approving a modified layout for the land in March.

Conservative councilor Mary Mears, who represents the coastal district of Rottingdean on Brighton and Hove city council, expressed her reservations in March.

She told the council’s planning committee that images provided by Brookworth Homes, the developer, showed identical red brick homes.

But when the planning committee met at Hove Town Hall today, they were shown a variety of styles and materials, including dark siding, flint and tile.

Union adviser Daniel Yates asked about the inspiration for the designs and was told it came from buildings in the area with similar characteristics.

Green Councilor Leo Littman said the dark siding reminded him of the tall huts to dry fishermen’s nets in Hastings.

Independent advisor Bridget Fishleigh asked the developer to consider the impact on people living in the area.

On the first day of last year’s lockdown, she said the developer’s trucks entered Saltdean to build houses and the experience was horrific for residents.

She asked the developer to make sure that if construction workers and suppliers arrived early, before the 8 a.m. start time, they would turn off the radios and not leave their vehicles running.

Councilor Fishleigh said: “I would like to request that semi-mature trees be planted on this site instead of the hundreds of wooden trees that cannot survive on a site so windy (and) native grass. be planted to resist chalk.

She also asked that “the lighting plan” be “revisited because it is on the edge of the national park and new public lighting will cause light pollution”.

She added: “Over the past hundred years, lighting technology has evolved – and there is no longer a reason to have very tall streetlights when we can have lower level streetlights.”

Conservative adviser Carol Theobald said she didn’t want homes on the site as she much preferred horses on the land.

But, she said, “As has been granted, I think the houses look pretty attractive. Apart from the terraces, they could be improved and made more interesting.

Councilor Theobald also supported Councilor Fishleigh’s call for more mature trees on the site.

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