The sale of land in Patcham to Royal Mail has been put on hold

THE proposed sale of land to the Royal Mail has been put on hold, the council has announced.

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” and said a new sorting office at Patcham Court Farm would negatively impact traffic and parking in the area.

On Friday, the council announced that a decision had been made to withdraw reports of the sale of Patcham Court Farm, which were due to be considered by council members on 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.”

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

“Labour councils are disappointed by the Greens’ coy approach, which aims to prioritize short-term gains from the sale of the family silver over meeting residents’ demands and tackling the housing crisis head-on,” the Labor Party said in a statement .

“Selling council assets and land without negotiating to acquire land in exchange for the construction of affordable housing is short-sighted and frankly a dereliction of duty to any party serious about meeting the housing needs of Brighton and Hove.”

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

The council says it has since worked with Royal Mail “to help them develop a program that will consolidate their existing sorting office services at the Patcham site”.

Patcham councilors Alistair McNair and Anne Meadows were confidentially briefed on the plans on November 9 last year and started a petition on January 24 this year.

Cllr McNair previously expressed concerns about the plan.

“The Royal Mail has had four years to plan and residents have very little time to give their feedback,” he said.

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

“We do not anticipate any pollution issues that have not been considered in our plans. Our proposed mitigation measures include acoustic fencing to limit the potential for noise pollution from the proposed development.

“The proposed delivery office would be carbon neutral, moving towards net zero. A fully electric vehicle fleet would be introduced.

“This proposed delivery point will allow us to continue to offer our customers the high standards they have come to expect from Royal Mail.”

Local residents should also protest against the plans on Sunday. The sale of land in Patcham to Royal Mail has been put on hold

Fry Electronics Team

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