Please help us to protect our local neighbourhood and the Dyke Alehouse and Kitchen.
A major development proposed in the garden of the Dyke pub and adjoining ice cream parlour severely threatens the quality of life of those of us who live in this densely packed corner of Brighton, and puts both the pub and parlour at risk.
We are local residents and supporters of the Save the Dyke campaign. We already succeeded in blocking these plans once when a majority of councillors at Brighton and Hove council turned it down.
Now we're calling on everyone to join us and do it again by raising the funds to hire an expert planning consultant.
WHAT IS PROPOSED IN THE PLANNING APPLICATIONS?
The building’s owners are appealing the decision made by the council to turn down plans for a two-storey house in the garden of the Dyke.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE PROPOSALS?
These new developments create new dwellings in an already congested and dense urban area. Pressure on parking, and rubbish disposal - both already severely stretched - would be intolerable.
Construction of the developments would mean years of extra traffic, disruption and noise for hundreds of local residents. Access to Old Mill Mews is already congested - construction traffic would dangerously block access for residents and emergency services.
The plans also clearly jeopardise the future of the pub when it's barely up and running, and suffering the effects of the lockdown. A garden would have been an incredible community resource in these times for both the pub and the newly opened ice cream parlour. Both have said they would love to use it if available.
The owner of the site ignored requests from both a locals, councillors and our MP about using the garden without prejudice to help maintain safe social distancing, and further offers from the local community to clear the garden.
Years of noisy construction work will not be good for business, and it opens the possibility that proposed new residents will try and close the pub. This is a common strategy that property developers have used in other cases in East Sussex and the UK more broadly to close down pubs – in stages. The proposed new house is not in keeping with a beautiful heritage building and community asset.
This objection isn’t to more housing. We just want to maintain an important community asset that provides a much needed gathering space in this little corner of Brighton. The hope is that both the Dyke Pub and new ice cream parlour will thrive and, in time, take back the whole ground floor and garden that it once maintained.
WHAT WILL WE SPEND THE MONEY ON?
An expert planning consultant helped us win last time. We would hire them again to review the developers appeal, and draft a detailed statement of objection to once again present to the council. Please consider donating - every penny helps.
PLEASE ALSO OBJECT ONLINE!
We have until the 18th of August 2020 to raise objections - the more people who write the better our chances. Copy the link below into your browser. You will be either be taken to a page with four green buttons - click on the option 'Search for a case - current service'. Then click the green button that says 'Make representation'. Or you may be taken directly to 'Make representation'.