We need to have our say again

The Royal Mail want to relocate two delivery offices based in Brighton and Hove to Patcham Court Farm located on Vale Avenue in Patcham Village.

The Royal Mail conveniently submitted this Planning Application (BH2022/02232) while most people are busy on their Summer Holidays!


Here are just some of the reasons that the planning application should be objected on. 

The proposed development is directly over the road from the Patcham Conservation Area and a storage and distribution use would have a detrimental impact on the many heritage assets including listed buildings and the green buffer.

You cannot erect a satellite dish on the property opposite without permission!

Amongst its heritage assets, the Patcham Conservation Area contains 33 listed buildings, 1 locally listed building, a scheduled ancient monument and an archaeological notification area.

It was designated as a conservation area in September 1970, and extended in September 1972, September 1992 and December 2010. Coney Wood, Patcham Place and the surrounding green space and recreation ground were designated as part of the South Downs National Park in 2010.

Patcham Conservation Designated Area

Brighton & Hove Council have a duty of care to protect the Conservation Area

  1. The Planning Statement admits in paragraph 5.21 that the two sub-stations proposed would be an eye sore in this sensitive location as they will be viewable from public vantage points within the conservation area. They are now proposing to build a wall around these.

  2. We do not believe the two sub-stations will provide enough power for the grid powered Electric fleet and further sub-stations are necessary which will also need shielding from the conservation area.

  3. The Patcham Conservation Area Character Statement describes the open green area as an important buffer for the conservation area and highlights Patcham Court Farm on the perimeter.

    "The open, green character continues beyond the boundary of the conservation area to the north onto the 1950s Patcham Court Farm site," It also states that "Any future development on the site should preserve its function as part of the green buffer around the conservation area."
  4. As can be seen from the Spatial Analysis map below, the Key View V2b looks directly up Vale Avenue towards the Abergavenny Cottages and Patcham Court Farm house and cottage. This key view will be negatively impacted by the addition of the Royal Mail site entrance and changes to the green buffer space. 

  5. The site has significant archaeological potential and demolition and rebuild would have a detrimental impact on the archaeological interest of the site. The archaeological plan is inadequate with limited activity proposed.

    Across the road the small housing development 'Saxon Way' required a full archaeological dig of the site. 

  6. Sustainable use of the land should be preferred and reuse of the existing buildings on site and remodelling for office use is more suitable than the demolition and rebuild for a traffic movement-intensive B8 use on site.

  7. Should the site itself flood or surcharge (see above Water section), additional flood waters and sewage would travel down Church Hill and risk the conservation area of Church Hill, and Old London Road below being damaged. 

  8. 132 Red fleet vans driving up and down Church Hill and within the conservation area every day. These are intended to be electric vans and these are much heavier than petrol/diesel vehicles.

Patcham Conservation Area Spatial Analysis

Please take five minutes to object