Bovis Homes development of 55 homes in Peacehaven given go ahead

Peacehaven development area
Peacehaven development area

A major development of 55 homes proposed for Peacehaven was approved by Lewes District Council’s planning committee this week.

Bovis Homes was given permission to build the homes on land north of Arundel Road despite concerns raised by residents which included traffic problems on the A259 and Arundel Road.

A petition was given to the district council calling for permission to be refused for the scheme, with 50 residents signing it.

A further nine letters of objection were sent to the district council.

Amongst the concerns raised by residents were traffic, access and noise associated with the construction process.

They also pointed to the over development of this site and the lack of infrastructure to support the extra residents, such as doctors’ surgery, social services and shops.

Speaking at the meeting at County Hall in Lewes yesterday (Thursday December 12), planning manager Hamish Buttle, from Bovis Homes, said his company was invited to be involved with the site by the land owners because of the homes it had previously built in Peacehaven.

He pledged Bovis Homes would work with residents to minimise misruption and that a site manager would be available to residents.

Peacehaven Football Club was concerned about lighting from the development falling on to pitches and about its own floodlighting causing a nuisance for its new neighbours, but planning officers said the development was a good 100m away from the football pitch floodlights, so would not cause enough of a problem to justify turning down the proposal.

Planning officers said the character of the homes would be similar to ones built west and east of the sport park by Bovis Homes.

They will be a mixture of brick, render and tile hanging in different colours.

The proposal also includes 123 parking spaces.

Overall, planning officers considered the homes would meet a local need.

The additional residents will support local shops and services.

The district council will also secure a section 106 agreement as part of the scheme.

This is where the developer provides the district council with money to offset the extra strain placed on local services by the arrival of extra residents.

In this case the district council will ask for financial contribution for off-site play and recreation space, which would probably go towards the Big Parks Project, accessibility, primary school education and recycling.

There will be eight two-bedroom homes, 39 three-bedroom homes and eight four-bedroom homes. Two of the two-bedroom homes will be flats.

All the homes will be two storey, while the flats will be over some garages.

A total of 14 (25 per cent) of the homes will be affordable housing.

Eight of the homes will front on to Piddinghoe Avenue, while the rest will be accessed from Arundel Road.

A footpath will run from the east of the site to the nearby playing fields.

There will be no access from Piddinghoe Close.