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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.

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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:

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.

Signalman flats application withdrawn – steps application still stands

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With the number of objections nearing 200 – some coming from Seagulls fans and as far away as Worthing, the agents have withdrawn the planning application to build flats on The Signalman garden. This is excellent news for the community and near neighbours of the pub – and welcomed by Drara and and everyone who objected. However, the application for steps from the pub to the yard at the rear of the pub stands – and neighbours behind the pub are concerned about overlooking and the harsh, intrusive LED lighting that has been installed on the walls here and future implications this might have for use of the yard – as a garden? – target decision date for this tomorrow – 15th May – so still time (just) to comment on this application here.

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Complaint re 140-146 Springfield Road Planning Application

From: Robert Rosenthal <drrosenthal@hotmail.com>

Sent: 22 March 2017 16:17
To:liz.hobden@brighton-hove.gov.uk
Cc:robin.hodgetts@brighton-hove.gov.uk; Leo Littman; Julie Cattell; Sonia.Gillam@brighton-hove.gov.uk; ‘Edward White’; Sylvia Peckham; caroline.lucas.mp@parliament.uk; ‘Grenville Nation’

Subject: 140-146 Springfield Road

Dear Ms Hobden

I write to express concern over your department’s management of the planning conditions relating to the plot of land between the Open House pub on Springfield Road and the railway line. There are clear S106 conditions relating to this permission, insisting on the sensitive relocation of slow worms before the commencement of development.

A critical question throughout has been ‘what constitutes commencement?’ When the developers breached the wall (which is not part of the development area and is not the property of the developer as legal documents in our possession show) to gain access and clear all vegetation from the site, we were told by Cllr Cattell that it was well established in planning circles  that commencement is marked by the breaking of ground for foundation work. Therefore we were told this demolition and vegetation clearance did not represent ‘commencement’ and so was not a breach of the S106 conditions. Therefore no action could be taken to prevent the vegetation clearance.

Now Mr Hodgetts and Ms Gillam tell us that commencement was marked by the breaching of the wall and vegetation clearance. In this case the S106 conditions have clearly been breached in which case the council had then -and has now- an obligation to take action to prevent all development until they have been met. It is a perverse twist of logic to argue retrospectively and in addition, that S106 conditions ‘ aren’t impacted by the demolition of the wall … and are still possible to discharge’. While the breaching of the wall may not of itself be seen as damaging to slow worm population, it is surely beyond dispute that the subsequent clearance of the vegetation has represented a deliberate destruction of the habitat that supports slow worm existence in spite of ongoing investigation and discussion of the status of the slow worm community. This represents a legal offence according to the definition provided by Ms Gillam, as the developers have in so doing ‘intentionally kill(ed) or injure(d) a slow worm(s)’.   The developers’ actions have violated the spirit as well as the letter of planning conditions.

I am sorry to say that in this case council officers seem to have provided more support and succor for the developer than they have acted as guardians of the local community interest. And it comes as a shocking coup de grace for Ms Gillam to write that ‘The ownership of the wall is irrelevant in terms of commencement of development’ and for Mr Hodgetts to announce that he has now closed the enforcement case as there are ‘no enforceable breaches’.

I request that you intervene personally to investigate your officers’ handling of this case, that the case remain open and that public concerns be given the serious consideration that they deserve. Enforcement is now urgently required to ensure no further development take place until all conditions have been met.

Yours sincerely

Robert Rosenthal (Chair – Southdown Rise Residents’ Association)


Nicola Hurley’s letter in response to Rob’s complaint – BHC-025706 Springfield Road