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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:



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.


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

City Plan Part Two

From Brighton & Hove Council

City Plan Part Two – Scoping Consultation

I am writing to advise you that Brighton & Hove City Council has started work on Part Two of the City Plan and has published a Scoping Paper for consultation. 

The City Plan Part Two will identify and protect smaller development sites for housing and other uses such as community facilities. The Plan will also include detailed planning policies which will be used to assess planning applications, in line with the overall approach set out in the recently adopted City Plan Part One. 

The Scoping consultation is an important early stage in preparing the plan. You are invited to comment on the matters you think should be included in the City Plan Part Two and to also let us know if you have any sites you wish us to consider allocating for development in the Plan.

The Scoping Paper and accompanying Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report are available to view and download from the Council’s website at: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/cityplan-part2 where the formal notification of the start of the preparation of the City Plan Part Two, further information and a summary of the Scoping Paper can also be found.

We recommend that you make your comments using the council’s online consultation portal: http://consult.brighton-hove.gov.uk/portal. This will help us handle your comments quickly and efficiently.

Responses can also be submitted:

By email to planningpolicy@brighton-hove.gov.uk 

By post to Planning Policy Team, Brighton & Hove City Council, Room 201 Kings House, Grand Avenue, Hove BN3 2LS

The City Plan Part Two Scoping Document and accompanying consultation documents are also available to view at the customer service centres at Hove Town Hall and Bartholomew House, Brighton and at all city libraries*, during normal opening hours.

All comments must be received by the Council no later than 5pm on Thursday 22 September.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Planning Policy Team

Consultation on Further Proposed Changes to the City Plan

From Carly Dockerill, Principal Planning Officer

The council is proposing a number of further changes or ‘Further Proposed Modifications’ to the submitted City Plan Part One in response to the Inspector’s further Matters and Issues published in April 2015 as part of her examination of the Plan.  The Inspector has asked the City Council to undertake public consultation on these further proposed changes.

 The further proposed modifications are primarily focused on ensuring the following policies are consistent with recent changes in national policy:

  • DA7 Toads Hole Valley
  • SA6 Sustainable Neighbourhoods
  • CP8 Sustainable Buildings
  • CP3 Employment Land
  • CP9 Sustainable Transport
  • CP12 Urban Design
  • CP19 Housing Mix
  • CP20 Affordable Housing

 The Inspector also asked the council to re-assess its objectively assessed housing need in light of the government releasing 2012-based Household Projections in February 2015.

Further changes to the City Plan have been proposed to reflect the increased objectively assessed housing need including CP1 Housing Delivery

 The schedule of further proposed modifications include changes resulting from general updates, corrections and in response to consultation at the proposed modification stage (November 2014). These are listed in the guidance note. The schedule, supporting documents and evidence base (published with the further proposed modifications) can be viewed electronically on the council’s website; http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/planning/local-development-framework/city-plan-consultation

 Hard copies of the documents are held for viewing in the following locations during normal opening hours:

 How to Comment

Public consultation starts Monday 29 June until 5.00pm Monday 10 August 2015.  Comments should be made no later than 5.00pm on Monday 10 August 2015.

 All comments made must be submitted in writing. This can be done by using one of the following methods:

Online: via the Council Consultation Portal: http://consult.brighton-hove.gov.uk/portal

or by using the MS Word Consultation Form and sending this back to us via

 Email:   ldf@brighton-hove.gov.uk or

Post:      Planning Policy Team, Brighton & Hove City Council, Room 201 King’s House, Grand Avenue, Hove, BN3 2LS

A guidance note on the further proposed modifications and on making representations is available to assist you.

The representations will be considered by the planning inspector conducting the Examination and will be published on the council’s website. Please note that representations at this stage can only be made on the Further Proposed Modifications and not on the other parts of the Submission City Plan Part One.

f you have any questions or problems downloading the documents please do contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,                                                           

 Planning Policy Team

Carly Dockerill, Principal Planning Officer

Planning Policy Team, Planning & Building Control

Brighton & Hove City Council
Room 201 Kings House, 
Grand Avenue, Hove, BN3 2LS

T: 01273 292382

E: carly.dockerill@brighton-hove.gov.uk
W: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Please note that I work Tues, Weds (all day) & Thurs (am)

Build on the city’s urban fringes?

From The Argus

Urban Fringes

A PLANNING expert has called on city leaders to build on the urban fringe and “push the boundaries” of the National Park in a bid to solve the housing crisis.

Dr Samer Bagaeen, head of the University of Brighton’s planning school, said the current City Plan was not up to scratch and said politicians would have to go back and look at it again.

The expert said: “I think the urban fringe is the key. We don’t have the space in the city. The only areas we can build the number of houses we need is on the outskirts.

“There will be those who object, but they are the ones sitting comfortably in their houses sitting back and saying ‘you know what, we’re fine, but you can’t build that there’. It’s not right.”

He was speaking about the future of the city’s housing at the Construction Voice event, run in conjunction with Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce, at the Sussex County Cricket Club.

Dr Bagaeen highlighted urban fringe sites around the racecourse, Woodingdean, Rottingdean and Ovingdean, as key for development along with land north of Patcham.

He added: “There will be naysayers but if we don’t do it now then we will have to do it 10 years down the line.

“We also need to look at the National Park and weigh up the needs of the city and the Park. We need to push the boundaries or certainly push against the boundaries of the National Park. It won’t be popular but we have to. People also need to get over this objection of being able to see housing from the National Park. That cannot be something to stop development.”

Appearing on a panel alongside chartered surveyor Simon de Whalley and chartered architect John McLean, he said the local authority’s City Plan, which sets out proposals for 13,200 new homes by 2030, was “half baked”. He said: “They identify sites in the city where we are going to build but I recently visited them and they are not appropriate.

“For example there is a site off Dyke Road Avenue they said could be built on, but it is so steep that many developers probably wouldn’t take it up. Toad’s Hole Valley is the biggest site but other than that there is nothing significant. At this rate we are going to be unable to meet the need for housing.”

To add to the problem, the government’s updated household projections released in February state the city now needs around 30,000 new homes by 2030. He added: “The City Plan is half baked. It needs to be looked at again.”

A council spokeswoman said the City Plan housing target of 13,200 was a “robust figure” which had been to public consultation. She added that the Urban Fringe Assessment Study, carried out last year, weighed the benefits of meeting more of the city’s housing requirements against any adverse impacts of development.

City Plan – it’s almost there?

Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth

We have responded to the consultation on the proposed modifications to the City Plan, which ended at midnight on 16 December. While we support much of what is proposed we have issues with three main areas:

Air pollution:  despite agreeing with the Council to proposed modifications on this issue earlier in the year, recent events (European Court Ruling and emerging research) mean that the proposed wording may be unsound as it does not go far enough to reduce air pollution and act to bring it down below legal limits as fast as possible.  In fact developments could still be approved that will make it worse.

Urban Fringe development:  we have pointed out errors in the Urban Fringe Assessment which undermine the figures for housing in the urban fringe.  We have therefore questioned whether it is justified to have an allocation of 1,060 homes in the urban fringe.

Watering down of energy efficiency:  we have objected…

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City Plan Consultation launches

Brighton & Hove City Council has launched a Consultation on suggested modifications to the original City Plan to run from Tuesday 4th November until the 16th December.

Be warned, the  Schedule of Proposed Modifications is 91 pages and diagrams of planning jargon and you will need serious commitment to wade through it and make comments and suggestions in the consultation.

City Plan Agreed

From The Argus

Councillors have agreed to launch a public consultation on the future development of Brighton and Hove in a bid to stop the city becoming a developers’ “Wild West”.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s policy and resources committee voted through the City Plan to the next stage at a meeting tonight.

A six week public consultation on the document which will lay down the ground rules for development in the city until 2030 will begin on November 4.

Councillors warned that if the City Plan was not agreed decisions on development in the city would be taken out of the hands of local decision makers and create a “planning by appeal” process that developers would win.

But dissenting voices said the plan had put urban fringe places at risk by indicating sites that could be developed.

The proposals for more than 13,000 homes had first come to the committee in July but were put on hold following pressure from environmental groups.

The council’s head of planning Martin Randall told the committee that the three month delay had allowed time for “reflection and adjustment within the tight regulations” set by the Government’s planning inspectorate.

Without agreeing it, Mr Randall said the council would be in a weak position to resist inappropriate development and be at risk at losing more decisions by appeal.

The committee was told that the City Plan would protect 90% of the city’s urban fringe.

The City Plan if agreed would ensure that urban fringe sites would only be allocated for housing with further consultation and should be used to meet local housing needs through community land trusts and low-cost self-build housing.

Green Councillor Geoffrey Bowden said: “If we don’t have a City Plan in place, there will be opening to a Wild West, a developers’ paradise.

“We might as well pack up the planning department and go straight to Whitehall so there are huge dangers if we don’t agree to this.”

Labour Councillor Warren Morgan said the council had to protect the city’s allotments, parks, open spaces and urban fringe.

He said he hoped residents would use the process to tell the Government planning inspectorate what they think.

Conservative Councillor Geoffrey Theobald said the report was almost identical to the report which had come to the committee three months earlier with just cosmetic changes.

He said: “By identifying these sites and putting them in the public domain, we have given the green light to developers for our most cherished sites next to the Downs.

“We should have consulted first and come along with a sites allocated rather than this haphazard of dealing with it.

Green Councillor Ollie Sykes said that the fact the environmental groups were now supporting the City Plan which they protested against in July did show significant progress had been made.