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Section now offers a chronology of some of The Round Hill Society's longest-running attempts to ward off unsuitable developments. Omitted are Carelet's attempts to impose 30 (then 20) flats on backland to the NE end of Princes Road, but 6 very tall
three-storey houses would impose massive bulk too and would make unwanted changes to the look & feel of the street. Failure to sustain a car-free condition over the longer term would create a demand for 9 extra on-street parking places. Please comment a.s.a.p
Seasonal singing: 6pm Thursday 19th December 2013
Follow on from National Tree week - on Saturday 7 December 2013 10:00am start - by helping to plant 150 trees in Hollingbury Woods donated by The Woodland Trust and Special Branch Trees a voluntary run tree nursery based in Stanmer Park.
Click here for details of venue just off Ditchling Road
National Tree Week
, the UK's largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season, is from 23rd November to 1st December in 2013. Trees improve air quality, soften long views and can screen people from eyesores (e.g. WTS to N & warehouses to E). Will there be a listed horse chestnut tree in Princes Road in December 2014 or a better view of two industrial estates?
The formal consultation on Carelet's proposal ends on Friday 6th December 2013. Go to The Council's website to comment
Carelet's new application for taller buildings
BH2013/03782 [greenfield site to rear of 67 to 81 Princes Rd]: increase in height to the 6 three storey buildings permitted earlier this year
Photo taken from a little way up Davey Drive showing nearly all the application site
. Note the misleading information
in section 24 of Carelet's application form
: Can the site be seen from a public road, public footpath, bridleway or other public land? No
Excessive bulk: bad for Round Hill's historic setting
The planning inspector who dismissed Carelet's appeal RE their 2007 proposal for a terrace of 8 two & three storey houses found the bulk as well as the form unacceptable. See section 10 of his decision
. Squeezing this amount into this site and the consequent lack of space for significant planting would harm visual amenity in relation to the green spaces characteristics of the Conservation Area as well as views into the Conservation Area from the north.
Too much bulk: unacceptable living conditions
Sections 16 & 17 of the same decision
also find that another consequence of overdevelopment would be insufficient space to mitigate the poor outlook towards the recently completed waste transfer station. Inadequate separations (window to window) between existing and proposed homes would subject new residents especially to loss of privacy and overlooking. The increase in height Carelet is now proposing on buildings which are already 3-storeys would squeeze the separations by reducing the incline which would divide lower buildings.
The planning application misleads on the increase proposed
Carelet's Design & Access Statement
claims that the main deviation in their new application is that the roof height of the proposed terrace has been increased by approximately 1.2M (just under 4 feet). The truth is that House [A] increases by 1.21 M, House [B] by 1.41 M, House [C] by 1.46 M, House [D] by 1.16 M and House F (which has an extra wing instead of a lower ground floor) by 0.9M.
Since when has 1.46 M (approx 4ft 9") = approx 1.2M (approx 4ft)?
The variation in the design of House [F] necessitating a lower roof height does not solve the problem of overlooking if you live opposite House [C]. Giving 1.2 M as the general increase is very misleading when a different increase is being proposed for the roof height of each of the six houses.
Do they make ALL the changes clear?
Note that they also add an extra rooflight to House [F] on the drawings which they do not mention at all in words, the issue of parking is clouded by the confusing information given in section 7.3 of their Design & Access Statement
Do they provide sufficient information on the redesign of the Gatehouse?
They do not provide information on how they are going to enlarge the lift at the Gatehouse without taking space from the rubbish and recycling store at street-level and the bicycle store (the equivalent of 2-storeys down from street-level) &/or affecting the landscaping plan. Will there be enough space for rubbish and bicycles? Will the proposed development remain car-free in the long-run
, thereby satisfying policy HO7 of The Local Plan?
for details of BH2013/03782 and links to relevant documents. If you feel ready to comment, do so on The Council's website
. We have at least until Friday 6th December
Richmond Road proposal refused
7 AGAINST; 3 ABSTENTIONS
Application No: BH2013/02838 Richmond House 138-room proposal
See the planning
section of this site for a report on the meeting.
A rich pool of local knowledge
As a testament to what so many Round Hill residents already value, I have now grouped articles contributed to The Round Hill Reporter over 13 years within two sections of this website: The History section contains articles on our neighbourhood's early development, a past still reflected in our conservation area's character, appearance and heritage assets
This group of articles provides a powerful reference point
e.g. for local school children &/or new residents interested in gaining greater knowledge of the place where they now live The Environment section offers over 3 dozen articles on RH wildlife
Round Hill's flora & fauna
are also among our treasures, but are under constant threat since all our green spaces are on privately owned plots. In recent years, several contributions to The Round Hill Reporter
have focused on unsuitable development schemes. Far from serving the interests of our community, these have the potential to destroy wildlife habitat and chalk downland, especially through erosion of our 'green ribbons', greenways and the soft landscaping which makes up the NE boundary of our conservation area. Windfall development schemes
continue to be presented to us, even though Round Hill is already a very densely populated neighbourhood.
section has recently been updated. There are now sub-categories on:
1. Contacting Your Local Council
RE missed refuse/recycling collections, graffiti, litter, street bins, dog poo, abandoned/untaxed vehicles, road safety, street lighting, noise, anti-social behaviour, crime
2. Recycling organisations & outlets
in Brighton and Hove,
3. Neighbouring Residents'
4. Visiting the Sussex Countryside - events and outings
Past issues of our printed newsletter 'The Round Hill Reporter
' can be downloaded (in PDF format) from here
. The most recent issue is
Issue 53 October 2013
|October Clean up and AGM, Reminiscences over 62 years in the neighbourhood, Sparrowhawk in Roundhill Crescent, Greeting new students, Mayo Court Gardening Project, BP Garage Eyesore, Love Your Lampposts, Planters as a Gateway to Round Hill.
Our Local Tradespeople page also contains a large store of useful information for residents whose concerns are closer to home.
Our support for older people's page is intended for both the over 50s and residents of any age-group who support older people wishing to remain in their homes. A brief description is also given of the work of Brighton & Hove's Older People's Council
If you are looking for activities for children, a good external link is www.childfriendlybrighton.co.uk where you can find a good page on child-friendly activities planned for The Level. Families who like the outdoors can help to maintain their local woodland by volunteering for Friends of Hollingbury & Bursted Woods monthly Sat/Sun sessions. FHBW now have a Facebook Page publicising woodland related events.
Round Hill on Twitter - if you have a Twitter Account, you can follow other Round Hill residents' Tweets (i.e. short messages) at https://twitter.com/RoundhillSoc.
Regular listings 1. The Duke of York's Picture House
2. Free University Brighton - upcoming events
3. Brighton & Hove Arts Diary
4. Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema
5. Sussex Concerts
6. Brighton Singers Folk Club meets three times a week on Tue at The Round-Georges Pub, Wed at The Pond and Sun at The Mitre Tavern, Baker St
7. East Sussex CC: Music, Art & Cultural Events
8. The Brighton Society - talks, lectures & exhibitions.
9. Regency Society - 2013 lectures and events.
10. Hove Civic Society - lectures & events.
11. English Speaking Union lectures at The Hove Club, Fourth Av.
12. Walks - unguided, guided, longer and shorter
13. Healthwalks programme (PDF) valid until April 2013.
14. walk & bus circuits from Round Hill
15. Friends of Hollingbury Woods
16. Prince Regent Swimming Complex Pools Programme
Free Swimming for children aged 11 or under
17. www.visitbrighton.com for this month's events in the city centre. See also The Argus - events page
Video Clip of older resident recalling The Level as it used to be. A People’s History of the Level the community oral history project exhibition at The Level is now finished.
Tuesday 3rd December 1.10 to 1.55pm Live lunchtime concert at Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton:
The Ireland Piano Trio - Haydn Ireland Copley
Tuesday 3 December 18:00 until 19:30 - public lecture - The energy of Nations in the large lecture theatre of the Jubilee Building at the University of Sussex. The lecturer, Jeremy Leggett is founder of the company Solarcentury and the charity SolarAid, renewable energy campaigner, chair of the financial think tank ‘CarbonTracker’, writer and author.
Tuesday 3rd December 2013 at 7.30pm Triangle Community Local History Group - The Bugle Pub 24 St. Martins Street, Brighton, BN2 3HJ
(back bar area) Round Hill residents welcome.
(normally meets 1st Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm for one hour).
Wednesday 4th December 12.30pm for half an hour - St Nicholas Church lunchtime recitals Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3LJ map
Madelaine Jones - Piano
Thursday 5th December 8pm Folk Music (upstairs) at The Royal Oak Pub, Station Street Lewes. !bold* Free Admission with Collection * LEWES LATE NIGHT SHOPPING OPEN NIGHT - featuring the songs, music and dances of BRIGHTON MORRIS who will be in town that evening. (To Be Confirmed).
Friday, 6th December 2013 7.30pm St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG - The Aurora Trio Yule Tide Concert - The Christmas Nutcracker of a concert! Wind music that ranges from Mozart through to Gershwin plus a piece commissioned by a local composer for the trio. Music that will suit everybody!
Saturday 7th December 2013 10am - 2.30pm Friends of Hollingbury Woods - follow on from National Tree Week by helping to plant 150 trees in Hollingbury Woods, including 30 from The Woodland Trust and 30 from Special Branch Trees. A further 90 will be planted in January. Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.
Wednesday 11th December 2013 8pm - English Folk Tune Sessions (on the second Wednesday of each month) at The Park Crescent Pub, 39 Park Crescent Terrace, BN2 3HE. An informal session - come along to listen or bring an instrument and join in (all welcome whatever your skill level).
Tuesday 17th December 2013 from 7.30pm - An evening of local, traditional & unusual carols at The Park Crescent Pub, 39 Park Crescent Terrace, BN2 3HE. Come along on the night. If you want to join the choir & musicians for practices, these are on Tuesdays from 12 Nov at 8 pm in Dorset Gardens Methodist Church.
Seasonal singing: 6pm Thursday 19th December 2013
The Round Hill Society's AGM
Report on our AGM 17 Oct 2013
Your new RHS committee elected at our AGM on Thu 17th October.
New civicbrightonandhove.co.uk website A weekly platform profiling news, information and campaigns from across the city, an opportunity for amenity societies to learn from each other. See what residents in other Brighton and Hove neighbourhoods are up to and borrow from their ideas.
Third Round Hill Clean-up Report on Sunday 20th October 2013 event. Three extra photos (forwarded by Annie) have been added to this report.
Tuesday 22nd October 2013 Carelet has their own clean-up
Local provision for the electric bicycle
e-bike storage in the vicinity of London Road Station
e-bike trials & training with the university of Brighton
What is the smart e-bikes research project?
Both local asset and eyesore
Click on the above picture of the eyesore to find out more.
New local delicatessen is now open Run by the owners of Shakti Stores on Ditchling Road, Aggies Delicatessen can now be found opposite the BP Garage just south of the junction of Springfield Road. It should prove useful to residents living in the north of Round Hill as well as those living at the SE end of The Preston Park conservation area. Click on the picture to enter
Florence Road Farmers Market Back for Spring 2013 every Saturday 9am to 3pm
One Church Courtyard near London Road Station Local fruit & veg., fresh bread, home roasted coffee, handmade crafts, artisan foods, cakes & more. Links to their Twitter and Facebook pages.
Burglaries in Round Hill
Learn a musical instrument - since the time of the Prince Regent, Brighton has gained a reputation for music teaching and performance. The abundance of teachers in our city means that it is easy to find help in learning an instrument.
Artists Open Houses
AOH reached its 32nd year in May 2013 - review the May 2013 Artists' Open Houses brochure.
Check out local Artists' websites directly.
The Brighton Free University
Courses at The Friends' Centre
See Short Courses & Workshops - Spring 2013 (PDF brochure).
Local food production & gardening
Brighton and Hove Food Partnership has produced a questionnaire on Food related issues which local residents can complete and has also elicited answers to the questions from Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates who stood in the May 2011 Council Elections.
Brighton and Hove Food Partnership -Training courses for growers, tips (PDF downloads) for gardeners, volunteering roles in community projects RE local food production, eating healthily & sustainable growing.
Harvest Brighton and Hove:
1) Local Food Events
2) Community Food Events
3) Events & Training
Brighton Permaculture Trust - Brighton Permaculture Trust have published their schedule of events and courses for the year and are taking bookings. Details at www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk.
Seedy Sunday 3rd February 2013, 10am - 4.00pm: NEW VENUE: Brighton Corn Exchange, Church Street, BN1 1UE - the UK's biggest community seed swop. Click here for the Event's history
3) Brighton and Hove Organic Gardening Group's Events.
Collection days for refuse & recycling Round Hill area: Tue (weekly) = refuse; Tue (fortnightly) = recycling
Black sack refuse on Tue (3?) & 10/12/2013
Kerbside recycling on Tue 3/12/2013
Click here for City Clean's service update.
Following Christmas and New Year black sack refuse in Round Hill will be collected on Thursday 2 January 2014 and Wednesday 8th January 2014. Thereafter the regular collection day will carry on as Tuesdays.
CONSTITUENCY MPs: May 2010 General Election Results in Brighton Pavilion constituency.
WARD COUNCILLORS: 2011 Council election results
Greens increase their seats from 13 to 23 to become the largest Green group of councillors in the country.
St Peter's & North Laine (Council ward which includes Round Hill)
Lizzie Dean - Green Party 3407 22% Elected
Ian Davey - Green Party 3132 20% Elected
Pete West - Green Party 3043 19% Elected