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Councilor rejoices after sale of Patcham land to Royal Mail is put on hold

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A COUNCIL has celebrated the decision to put plans to sell farmland to the Royal Mail on hold.

Senior councilors from Brighton and Hove City Council were set to decide whether the Royal Mail should be granted a long-term lease on Patcham Court Farm.

The existing sorting offices at North Road, Brighton, and Denmark Villas, Hove, would be demolished and replaced with nearly 200 flats – 110 in Brighton and the remainder in Hove.

The announcement was met with backlash from Patcham residents, who described the plans as “stunning”, as well as Conservative councillors, including Alistair McNair.

On Friday, the council announced the withdrawal of reports of the sale of Patcham Court Farm for consideration by the council’s Policy and Resource Committee.

“This will allow officers to continue to consider any viable option for housing on the sites vacated by Royal Mail and councilors from all political groups will continue to be able to hear and act on the views of residents,” the statement said.

“It is imperative that councilors feel they have all the information and options available to enable them to make an informed and fully considered decision on the future of Patcham Court Farm and securing Royal Mail jobs in the city be able.

“Deployment will take more time.”

Conservative councilor Alistair McNair said the report was “clearly not ready” to be presented to the committee and “bore little resemblance to residents’ experiences of the consultation and the process as a whole”.

“The Council has clearly admitted that there is a lot more work to be done by the Council and Royal Mail in terms of public consultations and site suitability reports,” he said.

“Local residents, Cllr Anne Meadows and I obviously feel that the location is totally unsuitable and hope this is a first acknowledgment of that fact.

“Thank you to the residents of Patcham who have worked tirelessly and will continue to fight this totally inappropriate development as it would permanently ruin this historic and rural part of the city.”

Earlier this week, Labor also said they were “dismayed” by the council’s approach to the deal and called for the process to be suspended.

There have been a total of eight approaches for the Patcham site since the early 1990s, including a proposal by Royal Mail in 2018.

A Royal Mail spokesman said their plans would create 85 on-site employee parking spaces, as well as 13 motorcycle spaces and 40 bicycle spaces.

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