Category Archives: Planning

Tougher rules agreed to restrict growth of student houses

From Brighton & Hove News

Restrictions on new shared houses across Brighton and Hove have been given the go ahead by councillors.

Members of the Brighton and Hove City Council Tourism, Development and Culture Committee unanimously agreed to introduce an “Article 4” restriction on houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) across the entire city.

Six years ago, in January 2013, the first restrictions were brought in to prevent home owners from using “permitted development rights” to turn their properties into shared houses without planning permission.

The rule change currently affects five wards – Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, Hollingdean and Stanmer, Hanover and Elm Grove, Queen’s Park and St Peter’s and North Laine.

For the full story click here.

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Planning Application to remove tree in building development.

A neighbour has alerted us that two planning applications have been lodged relating to the development between The Open House and the railway line.

“I got a consultation letter through the door from the council the other day, it relates to the development between the Open House pub and the railway line.

The application is this one:

https://planningapps.brighton-hove.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PIYNE1DMM1Q00&activeTab=summary

They also put this in just before:

https://planningapps.brighton-hove.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PI4GXNDML1D00&activeTab=summary

I thought that was rejected by the council but it now seems they are both active.

They want to cut down the sycamore tree even though it is protected and they said in their plans they would keep it.

They justify this by saying the ground is so contaminated by cyanide, lead and PAHs that they need to lay down a membrane to protect future inhabitants from the contamination. Great place to build houses!

They say the tree makes doing that more difficult, though from reading the consultation doc it seems keeping it and working round is an option – just more expensive.”

Help us design buildings and spaces for people

From Brighton & Hove City Council, Planning Policy –

In the next eighteen months, Brighton & Hove City Council will be preparing the Urban Design Framework Supplementary Planning Document (UDF SPD).

This planning guidance will set out and provide examples of what features high-quality, accessible buildings and spaces should be included when new larger planning applications are put forward.

Local communities will have the opportunity to give their comments on the first ‘issues and options’ stage of the UDF SPD.

We are keen to gather your views and the Issues and Options paper which will be out for stakeholder consultation between 5 July and 13 September 2018.

View & comment online by visiting www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/udfThe deadline for stakeholder comments is midnight on 13 September 2018.

Response to City Plan 2 – your support needed

An ‘HMO’ is a House In Multiple Occupation, as the name suggests a property where several different individuals or groups live together, often a shifting population such as students or perhaps separate flats which may or may not share facilities. The classification began primarily to ensure that such properties met with basic safety requirements, but as time progressed the licensing of HMOs turned in addition to regulating how many could be sited in one area, and what rules applied – for instance clearing away rubbish from the pavements outside. In Brighton the huge expansion of student housing in particular led to a proliferation of privately owned HMOs and sadly some of these are not as well managed as they should be. To its credit the council recognises that where there is a high concentration of HMOs problems can arise, particularly while the City would wish to protect families and the elderly in existing communities from undue change a surge in HMO properties may actually have a ‘clearing effect’ upon existing communities. This is a hot topic in Planning as well. The council therefore is consulting upon what is a fair approach to HMO’s in Brighton. All views are eligible and welcome through its website, whilst one group of residents in East Brighton have specifically asked if we as the SRRA group might consider reading and supporting their proposed response.

From East Brighton Neighbours:-

“Dear Neighbours,

Having got the council to agree to begin the survey process that we hope will lead to an Article 4 Direction to restrict the spread of student HMOs in our area, we’re now asking for your support in our response to the council’s Draft City Plan Part Two.

The plan has a section dealing with future policies on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and the more of us who put forward our views, the more likely we are to influence what goes into the final version of the City Plan.

We have formulated the attached response –  RESPONSE TO CITY PLAN 2.

Please find the time to read it and, if you feel you want to support it, just reply to eastbrightonneighbours@gmail.com with the following content:

Name

Address

Email address            

and underneath:

I support and endorse East Brighton Neighbours response to Draft City Plan Two.

That’s all you need to do.  We will attach your email endorsements to the response and submit it to the council.

THE CONSULTATION PERIOD ENDS ON SEPT 13th, so please send us your email response as soon as possible.

You can view the whole of Draft City Plan Part Two here,  and if you prefer to submit your own response, they have an online consultation portal.

Also feel free to pass on this email to anyone you think would also be interested in supporting our response to the Plan.

Many thanks for your support so far.

Regards,

Louise, Michaela, Chris, Tony, Brian, Marlene, Claire, Paul, Pete. (East Brighton Neighbours)”

Tell us about the places in your neighbourhood

From Paula Goncalves – 

The council is developing new guidance – the Urban Design Framework – to help shape buildings and spaces around the city. The aim is to make them easier to use and more attractive to people.

As the city grows we will be presented with proposals to develop and build new buildings and places. This provides the opportunity to improve existing areas as well as making sure we get usable, flexible and high quality new buildings and attractive public spaces.

To help us achieve this aim, the council wants to learn about your experience of the city to help create more welcoming buildings and public spaces through design.

Everyone in Brighton & Hove is invited to take part in a survey to share their views about the places they use and how they think these places could be improved.

All over the city there are close-to-home places that people have access to and enjoy spending time in. These can include parks, streets, squares, common areas of schools (eg playgrounds and playing fields), transport facilities and shopping areas.

Please fill in the survey at https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/udf-places The survey is open until 13 September 2018.

The information you provide will help shape the Urban Design Framework which the council, developers and landowners will use to make sure buildings and spaces fit the needs and aspirations of everyone who lives, works, studies in and visits the city.

Paula Goncalves
Planning Policy, Projects & Heritage Team
Brighton & Hove City Council

Email: planningprojects@brighton-hove.gov.uk
W: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Consultation on the Draft City Plan Part Two

Consultation on the Draft City Plan Part Two. 5th July – 13th September 2018.

What is the Draft City Plan Part Two?

City Plan Part 2 will support the implementation and delivery of the adopted City Plan Part 1 and builds on previous consultation and stakeholder engagement on City Plan Part Two undertaken in 2016.

The Plan includes:

Site allocations for new housing, student housing and employment sites.
Tougher controls on houses of multiple occupation (HMOs).
Policies for minimum internal space standards, usable outdoor space, self-build housing, homes for older people and wheelchair-friendly properties.
A new policy to help protect public houses as community benefit.
Recognition of important shopping parades in neighbourhoods.
Policies for the protection of town centres, business space, and leisure development.
A policy for encouraging new and safeguarding community facilities.
Transport, design, heritage, and environmental themed policies.

Your comments at this stage are important in helping to inform the final version of the City Plan Part Two.

How do I submit my comments?

In order for us to handle your comments efficiently we recommend that you make your comments using the council’s online consultation portal https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/cityplan-part2consultation

Responses can also be submitted using our MS Word representation forms:

By email to planningpolicy@brighton-hove.gov.uk
By post to Draft CPP2 Policy Projects & Heritage Team, Brighton & Hove City Council, First Floor Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Grand Avenue, Hove BN3 3BQ
All comments must be received by the Council no later than 5pm on Thursday 13 September 2018. Please kindly note that we cannot accept responses received after this time/date.

Where can I view the Draft City Plan Part Two and its supporting documents?

Electronically via: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/cityplan-part2

Hardcopies of Draft City Plan Part Two and its supporting documents can also be viewed during normal opening hours at: –

Brighton Customer Service Centre, Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square Brighton BN1 1JE
Hove Customer Service Centre, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road BN3 3BQ;
Jubilee Library, BN1 1GE
Hove Library, BN3 2EG
Portslade Library, BN41 1XR.

The Draft City Plan Part 2 and a small selection of its supporting documents will also be available to be viewed at all other city libraries.

Keep Varndean Green

From Green Vardean

Varndean College plans to sell off some of its land which is currently designated as a nature reserve to build just 10 houses.  An outline planning application has been submitted to Brighton and Hove Council

We are concerned that:

  • This application is for outline planning permission. The full application may be far more intrusive and destructive. 

  • The proposal sets a dangerous precedent for more development on the Varndean campus and elsewhere. Any green space in Brighton and Hove will be at risk. Plans are also confirmed for a full size, net covered all- weather sports pitch on the campus near Surrenden Crescent. 

  • A new road will be built behind and crossing the footpath, destroying the hedgerow, creating even more traffic and congestion with major safety risks for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and ruining the view. 

  • A biodiversity reserve will be destroyed. Developed in 2010 with the support of the Council and Butterfly Conservation, the reserve is home to colonies of legally protected butterflies like the Small Blue. 

  • The proposed modern houses are not in keeping with the the local area. The view of the housing from the road will be of the garages and a semi-basement frontage. They will be very unattractive, block the view over Brighton and overlook the sports field, risking the privacy of our young students. 

    Click here for links to comment on the applications.