Newhaven Liberal Democrats are working with residents to keep a close eye on the recently submitted plans for the Harbour Heights and adjoining Quarry Road site in Newhaven.
The area of partly greenfield land between Court Farm Road and Gibbon Road was identified in the District Council’s Local Plan as an area suitable for development. A developer has now come forward with a plan to build 696 flats and houses on the site.
Councillor James MacCleary, who represents Newhaven South ward on the District and Town Councils, said:
“This is a very large development for our town that is understandably causing major concern for local people. Such a large concentration of new housing will clearly put a lot of strain on existing infrastructure in the town. I am very worried about the impact on school places and local doctors surgeries.
“However, the biggest concern right now is the traffic. The current plans will route all of the traffic, which will be thousands of car movements every day, down Court Farm Road then on to Fort Road and South Road. These residential roads are entirely unsuitable to handle such a massive increase in traffic volume. And that is before we even consider the impact on the ringroad which is often choked up as it is.
“I am already in touch with District Council planning staff about this. I would urge residents to submit their own views through the planning applications section of Lewes District Council’s website. The planning reference is LW/19/0378 and the deadline for comments is 23rd July.”
Lib Dem Town Councillor and Court Farm Road resident, Joe Emery, added:
“The Town Council is taking a very close interest in this development. Our Planning Committee has already met to discuss this application once, and has agreed to have another, larger meeting at the Hillcrest Centre on Thursday, 30th July at 7pm to allow more residents to have their say.
“At our first meeting it was very troubling to hear that some of the existing businesses at Quarry Road had not been consulted on the plans and did not support them at present. It is vital that local residents and businesses feel that they are being listened to and taken seriously.
“There are big concerns around traffic, housing density, and burden on existing infrastructure and these are all areas that we as Town Councillors will be examining closely alongside other local residents. As Town Councillors we are all committed to delivering the right development for Newhaven.”