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FAO: SUE DUBBERLEY, RE: PLANNING APPLICATION BH2010/03968 FORMAL OBJECTION
Dear Sue Dubberley,
This is a formal objection against the proposed Sainsburys and alterations to the frontage of 13-15 Old Steine.
The reasons are as follows:
The area is already saturated with supermarkets, food markets, off licences and ATMs
This development will effect local and small businesses negatively, and but some out of business, and is at odds with the local and national regulations on Sustainable communities (eg: sustainable communities act)
We the community feel that the proposed changes to the frontage of the building, doors and ATM will not be in keeping with the surrounding East Cliff Valley & Gardens Conservation areas, and on the contrary will look vulgar, garish, homogenised and at war with our community.
The Sainsburys delivery lorries will add to pollution to the East Cliff & Valley
The proposed changes to the building are at odd to the Old Steine and St James street diversity, aesthetics and character. It will detract from the area and increase the feel of a generic, sterile, souless and homogenised corporate area as it happening all over the country.
Sainsburys already have 9 stores in Brighton and Hove and do not need any more
Last, but not least, Council Leader Mary Mears said last October “I have been arguing for some time now that the number of supermarket outlets opening in recent years threatens the unique character of the City. Brighton & Hove is quite rightly nationally renowned for our sheer number and variety of small independent retailers, and if these start to disappear, the local economy will be in real trouble. Also, as a Council, we are doing everything we can to support small independent traders in the City, for example through our successful Be Local, Buy Local campaign and lobbying for greater flexibility around offering small business rate relief.
Indeed, this was recognised by the Government in their emergency budget when they confirmed that small business rate relief in England would be doubled for one year from October 1, giving full relief for businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of up to £6,000 and tapered relief up to a level of £12,000.
In terms of the planning law around supermarkets, before the general election, the Conservative Party pledged to introduce a ‘needs test’ to enable local councils to take competition issues into account in our local plans. I shall be making representations to the new Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, to put pressure on the new Government to act on this pledge. Unfortunately, no such powers existed when the Lewes Road application was granted planning permission and so the Council’s hands were effectively tied.”. Therefore this application is against local council and central government strategies.
Please acknowledge receipt of my objection and keep me informed on developments, including rejections, resubmissions/ alterations to the plan etc.