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Petitioning Brighton and Hove Planning Authorities

Stop the proposed development on Greenfield sites known locally as 'The Vale Meadows' adjoining Rottingdean and Ovingdean by Lightwood Developments.


We find many valid reasons why this petition should be implemented, including, but not limited to, the following (please do not sign if you have already signed the paper copy)


The area is already under-provided with roads and contains some severe bottlenecks and dangers.

The proposal would add a significant number of car movements throughout the area, making these bad situations worse. 

The consequences are of both economic and social disruption as well as increased risks of traffic accidents for the local population.

Rottingdean’s unique geographical location, between the sea and downland, makes it already one of the most serious traffic bottlenecks in the South of England. Daily rush-hour traffic jams on the A259 cause economic and social disruption for communities in Brighton, Saltdean, Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford.

The B2123 is the last road connecting the A27 and the A259 coast Road before Newhaven in the east. As such it is heavily used. The proposal sites the new housing directly adjacent to this road.

There is severe traffic congestion at peak times on the B2123 Falmer Road, particularly at Woodingdean. At peak times the Warren Road/Falmer Road Junction causes traffic tailbacks of several miles reaching back to the A27 Lewes Road at Sussex University and to the top of Racecourse Hill. The tailbacks onto the Brighton by-pass are a safety hazard where standing traffic queues form on a high-speed dual-carriageway. 

Increased through traffic in Ovingdean will run on narrow residential roads and across the conservation area of Ovingdean village.

Increased traffic in Rottingdean Village will back-up the traffic into Falmer Road even more than it does at present and further disrupt village life.

Woodingdean residential area will suffer increased traffic because of vehicles trying to get around the Warren Road/Falmer Road traffic light bottleneck.

The Environment

The Vale Meadows are a pristine natural environment of exquisite beauty which is appreciated by people from outside the area as well as those who live there.

The proposal will reduce the attractiveness of the area to the tourist trade. Horse-keeping, a traditional leisure pursuit and business in the area will be forced out.

The proposal causes Ovingdean and Rottingdean to merge since Rottingdean civil parish extends to Ovingdean Road and to The Vale. If Vale Meadows are developed Rottingdean would be separated from Ovingdean by no more than Ovingdean Road to the north and an unpaved road to the west.

Such infill development as put forward in the proposal would destroy the separate character of the villages.


We understand that it is cheaper to develop greenfield land, but we can indicate far better alternatives in the Brighton area where land already partially developed could be adapted for housing use.


Services which are currently at capacity will be totally inadequate for the additional people:



Primary Schools

The area is susceptible to flash floods. Additional built-up area will speed up run-off and increase the risk of damage from flooding in the whole valley from The Vale Meadows to the sea, including the village of Rottingdean.

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