Demonstrators against housing construction gather in front of City Hall

Tomorrow there will be a protest outside Hove Town Hall against the Benfield Valley housing development.

Activists will gather outside the hall during the 3:30pm council meeting to campaign against the development in Hangleton.

The construction of 100 apartments on the site is to be approved in the second part of the council’s city plan.

Helen Forester, chair of the Benfield Valley Project, said: “We will keep going until the diggers come.

“We know it’s next to impossible to get Benfield out of the plan now, so we’re showing that the valley should never have been on the table.”

Last weekend nearly 200 protesters rallied in Greenleas, Hangleton to try to save the green space.

According to the Benfield Valley Project, the Benfield Valley is Brighton and Hove’s largest urban woodland and acts as a ‘green lung’, improving air quality from surrounding busy roads.

Ms Forester said: “It’s just tragic that we could lose a space so important to the city’s wildlife.

“My children love spending time there and it is so important to future generations of Brighton and Hove residents.

Nearly 5000 people have signed the Benfield Valley Project petition hoping to protect the space.

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The Benfield Valley is home to a number of endangered species including badgers, hedgehogs and adders.

The council said: “The overarching vision for the development of the Benfield Valley is to conserve and enhance all habitats of ecological importance locally.

“The eco-design would focus on maintaining ecological permeability to avoid isolating existing features and improving connectivity to habitats north of the A27.” Demonstrators against housing construction gather in front of City Hall

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