Tag Archives: Brighton and Hove City Council

Brighton and Hove bids to be Channel 4’s new home

From Brighton and Hove News

Channel 4 is being urged to relocate to Brighton and Hove as it looks for premises outside London.

The state-owned television company invited pitches from across the country last month as it started its search for three new “creative hubs”.

Brighton and Hove City Council, working with the local television sector, put in a bid on Friday 11 May.

The bid also involves the Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Sussex University and Brighton University.

It outlines Brighton and Hove’s “distinctive offering as a major digital and creative centre”, the council said.

It said: “In April, Channel 4 launched its ‘4 All the UK’ strategy and invited pitches from cities and regions across the UK.

“The company plans to open three new creative hubs, including a national HQ, bringing 300 jobs to the regions.

“The Brighton and Hove bid highlights the city’s established success in media, digital innovation and the arts, its unique character as a location known for its quality of life and independent spirit, and its excellent transport links nationally and internationally, including its close proximity to Gatwick Airport.

Visit Brighton has said it’s delighted to support the bid, as the city’s reputation for digital innovation and the arts, and its excellent transport links would make it an ideal destination for Channel 4.”

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Graffiti concern – open letter to Cllr Emma Daniel – 24th April 2018

To Brighton City Council via Cllr Emma Daniel, Major concern regarding exponential growth of graffiti across our City Chairpersons representing a wide variety of community groups across the city wish to voice their concern regarding the massive increase of graffiti and tagging across the city, particularly over the last twelve months. We are requesting leadership […]

via Graffiti concern – open letter to Cllr Emma Daniel – 24th April 2018 — London Road Area Local Action Team

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.

£300 million scheme to revive a derelict Brighton site with hundreds of homes

From Brighton & Hove News

A £300 million scheme to revive a derelict Brighton site with hundreds of homes and jobs has been signed by Brighton and Hove City Council and developer U+I.

The regeneration specialist said: “U+I today announces that a deal to radically transform the Lewes Road area of Brighton is now unconditional after contracts completed with Brighton and Hove City Council to deliver one of the city’s biggest ever mixed-use regeneration projects.

“Preston Barracks, in Brighton, a brownfield site which has lain derelict for over two decades, forms part of the wider regeneration partnership with the University of Brighton which will transform the area into a thriving new destination for people to live, work and learn.

“The £300 million gross development value project will deliver over 1,500 new jobs, 369 homes, 1,338 student beds and bring £281 million into Brighton and Hove’s economy over the next ten years.

“U+I’s proposals for the Preston Barracks site include 369 new homes, 534 student beds (a partnership with Scape Student Living), and a 50,000 sq ft innovation hub for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs.

“This forms part of plans to attract enterprising and high-growth companies and increase international investment into Brighton and Hove.

“The hub has already attracted £7.7 million of grant funding from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

“This innovation hub is a tried and tested model for U+I. The first fully operational hub, known as the CRL (Central Research Laboratory) is located at its Old Vinyl Factory project in Hayes, where it complements the ongoing regeneration work by providing an innovative new workplace for local start-ups and entrepreneurs, and a place for the community to come together.”

For the full report click here.

Rights of Way

From Brighton & Hove Way

The Brighton & Hove Way is just one aspect of our important network of rights of way giving access the to the city’s countryside, parks and open spaces; green lungs enjoyed by hundreds of people each day.

Have your say on the new draft Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2017 – 27 now open for consultation. Your support for the Brighton & Hove Way and for investing in our entire network of paths is needed and appreciated – https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/…/parks-and-gre…/rights-way

Stanmer Park Woodland Management and Protection

From BJOURNAL

Via: Dominic Alves (flickr)

 Stanmer Park’s woods are a great place to enjoy informal recreation but they are in poor condition.

The council has produced a plan to protect the woodland for the long term benefit of the city and is inviting the public to comment.

Find out more and make comments.

Public information sessions will be held on Thursday February 1 and Saturday 3 February 2018 at Stanmer Tea Rooms from 9am to midday.

The draft Woodland Management Plan has been produced by an independent forestry consultant on behalf of the council’s parks projects team.

Before submitting plans to the Forestry Commission, we are seeking the views of interested parties, including park users and residents. The council is hoping to submit the plan for approval by March 2018.

Via: Katariina Järvinen (flickr)

The draft plan sets out how the woodland can be managed over the next 10 years to

  • Maintain and preserve open access.
  • Build resilience against Ash Dieback and other diseases and ensure existing woodland cover is maintained.
  • Increase biodiversity and protect nationally and locally rare flora and fauna.
  • Produce semi commercial timber extraction of coppice products, wood fuel and timber.

The plan is also supporting the Stanmer Restoration Project HLF application by:

  • Protecting historical, archaeological, and environmental elements on the estate.
  • Providing related activities such as rural skills, forest schools and wood based produce.
  • Increasing the city’s offer for volunteering work such as coppicing, pollarding, scrub clearing and general woodland management practices.

Managing the woodland is an important part of the Stanmer Park Restoration project, a joint initiative between Brighton & Hove City Council, Plumpton College and South Downs National Park Authority and funded  by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) .

The plan can also be viewed in full on request at Hollingdean Depot Learning and Resource Centre (please contact the parks projects team 01273 294737 to arrange) and will be available at the Stanmer Tea rooms sessions.

The consultation closes on 12th February 2018.

Via: Dominic Alves (flickr)

Owners of polluting vehicles to pay more for parking permits

From Brighton & Hove News

People who own vehicles with higher emissions will have to pay 25% more for resident, business and traders parking permits under new charges set to come in this April.

Brighton and Hove City Council officers have recommended that there is no increase for standard permits – but permits for vehicles with more than 166g/km will go up by 25%, while the threshold for a low emissions 50% reduction will drop from 110g/km to 100g/km.

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