NEIGHBOURS have come together to fight a ‘highly contentious’ housing proposal in the city.
Residents of Cleaveland Road and Littlefield Road had ‘grave concerns’ when an application was submitted for homes on the site of garages.
One resident, Mark Arnold, said it would cause ‘major overcrowding’ and said it was ‘unnecessary’.
The site currently holds 18 garages, but Sussex Property Investments Ltd’s plan is to turn it into three homes and two flats.
Residents voiced concern about several aspects of the application, including the access – as the only access on to the site is from Cleaveland Road.
Residents say the ‘pinch point’ of the access is only 2.4m wide – with brick walls either side.
“A fire engine is 2.9 metres,” said Carley Sitwell, who owns one of the walls alongside the access road.
“How will it get past? How will any other service vehicle get through?”
Ms Sitwell said her wall was already damaged from vehicles using the garages as the road is so narrow.
“My wall is already damaged from vehicles. They can’t get a fire engine, refuse truck or developers’ vehicles through here,” said Ms Sitwell. “They have to be realistic.”
Bill Styles has lived on Cleaveland Road for 54 years, and said: “Years ago this was a quiet road. Now you have families and mothers with pushchairs. It is dangerous.”
Mr Arnold said: “An accident is most certainly going to happen with the increased traffic.
“You can’t see if you are coming out of the site and pedestrians can’t see into it.
“Plus, they didn’t do a consultation with the local people at all. The NPPF and local plan say that is what you need to do.”
Father Stuart of St George’s Church, which is opposite the site, wrote a letter of objection and said the new development would cause disruption at weddings and funerals.
“It would be difficult for mourners to gather round the hearse, or well-wishers to gather around the bride and groom, with extra traffic accessing this road,” he wrote.
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