Ice Rink Site Update

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Ice Rink Site update   Updating the Seven Dials is not the only big issue on our patch and the CMPCA  circulates below an update from Church Street and Wykeham Terrace residents with attachments to help them present their concerns - following the Council's granting of planning permission for the hotel - to the wider community:   "We are writing to update you on recent developments and seek your help and assistance. 
Attached are two letters from lawyers sent to the Council on behalf of residents and local groups following the Council's granting of planning permission for the tall six storey hotel on the site of the former ice rink on the southern boundary of St Nicholas' churchyard.   For those not already aware, the Planning Committee was branded a 'shambles' by the press, with members confused: the first vote to refuse permission being retaken once campaigners had left, officers misdirecting members during the voting and underplaying important information in the officer report and presentation. 
The officers' report and presentation made no mention of the churchyard being an important local park and relied on the developer's view that the need to chop back important ancient elm trees was of little significance. All of which sets a very dangerous precedent for both future Brighton & Hove applications and national planning policy. 
This led locals to believe the process was seriously flawed and that the Council administration are so determined to railroad this development in their hunger for the substantial sum of money they will get from selling the site with planning permission, that serious local objections to the way the Planning Committee handled the application would not be allowed to stand in their way. 
Local residents and organisations engaged specialist lawyers who studied the podcast of the meeting and the accompanying minutes and officer reports. The lawyers concluded the decision was unlawful and detailed their findings on six pages of failures (nsmail.pdf attached). They formally advised the Council that the first vote to refuse planning permission should be upheld as the only lawful decision the committee took. Alternatively the application should be sent back to the planning committee to be dealt with properly. The lawyers' findings cited case law and other council examples. 
Sadly, the Council's officers refuse to accept the wrong doing and their lawyer merely brushes over many of the failings and unlawful procedures set out in the residents' lawyer's letter. Residents' lawyers have demonstrated - see also nsmail-1.pdf attached - how the Council could and should lawfully refer the application back to the Planning Committee to consider it properly in an open and transparent manner with all parties and interest groups able to have their say.   Only a lack of political will amongst the Council's Green administration prevents this - their protestations that they cannot intervene are wrong and disingenuous. 
We therefore urge you to contact your local councillor and the Council Leader, Jason Kitcat, to lobby for the return of the hotel application back to the planning committee so it can be determined properly as this would be the correct, legitimate, and only lawful and honourable action to take. 
Jason Kitcat's email is:  ."


Ice rink development
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Presentation to councillors

nsmail_1.pdf (128k)

nsmail.pdf (197k)

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