Newhaven has taken its fair share of development and this has put pressure on local infrastructure like roads, sewers, GPs, schools and dentists.
With news of yet another large development coming to Newhaven, this time on an area of large natural beauty, we feel it’s time to say enough is enough. With over 1000 homes in Newhaven with planning permission and infrastructure already struggling to cope, we feel this development is one too many.
With a road network struggling to cope with the number of road users and another 400+ homes planned along the coast, roads such as Fort Road can not take yet another 400 houses that will be heavily reliant on it.
The NHS and local public services are unable to deal with the current level of demand. Dr and dental practices in particular are under huge strain. In Lewes District, as we write this petition, there are currently no NHS dental practices taking on new patients. Children in Newhaven are being sent out of area to schools in Brighton due to the lack of spaces locally in the school network.
Plus there is the environmental impact with the land up at Harbour Heights home to endangered species such as sky larks and badgers both of which are protected. The area is home to other wildlife such as swifts, nightjars, cuckoos plus many more wild animals. While the land is classed as low grade farming land, it is bursting with wildlife, and not far from the site is a designated site of scientific special interest. It is part of the Brighton and Lewes Biosphere which has in been recognised by UNESCO. This area is just too precious to allow such a development.
I/we the undersigned call for: This site to be removed from the Lewes District local plan, as infrastructure is inadequate and the need to protect this green space outweighs the positives of such a development.