New homes for neighbourhoods
Estate Regeneration Programme
What is the New Homes for Neighbourhoods programme?
Brighton & Hove City Council’s New Homes for Neighbourhoods programme is building much needed new council homes on council owned land. We work with local resident associations, ward councillors, council staff and partners to improve council estates and neighbourhoods, while making best use of council housing land and buildings to deliver new, affordable rented homes that the city needs.
Why does the council want to build new homes?
There are thousands of households on the Homemove register wanting to rent a council or housing association home in Brighton & Hove and a shortage of affordable rented homes. We need more new homes for local residents and to help council tenants who now need to move to a bigger or smaller home, or to a home that meets their mobility needs.
The council already works closely with other social landlords to help them increase the supply of homes across the city. Under the New Homes for Neighbourhoods programme, we are building new homes on our own land.
Where are the New Homes for Neighbourhoods homes being built?
We do not have big sites of unused council housing land available to build new estates, so we are developing small ‘infill’ sites on council land, such as former offices, garage and car parking sites.
We will also work with local communities to look at how we might regenerate council estates in the greatest need of investment, where there are opportunities to do so and to provide new homes. We will involve and consult local residents and provide opportunities for them to have a say in the design of new homes.
We welcome any suggestions of council sites we could include in the New Homes for Neighbourhoods programme. We work closely with local tenant and resident associations and won’t start any development without proper consultation with local residents first.
How can the council pay for new homes?
Most of the cost of building new homes will be repaid from rents from the new homes. We can also use some receipts from sales when other council tenants exercise their right to buy their council home and some of the savings we make by running council housing more efficiently. In addition, we have some grant funding from central government.
Some future developments might include a few properties for sale to help pay to build homes for rent. For example, homes for Help to Buy shared ownership to help residents buy their first home by part-buying and part-renting. Having a mix of housing types can also help to build sustainable communities.
Who is moving into the new homes?
New council homes for rent are advertised and let through Homemove, in the same way as other council properties.
Are new homes more expensive to live in than other council housing?
Rents for new homes are higher than rents for older council homes, but much lower than private sector rents and are still within Housing Benefit limits for eligible households. These higher rents for new build homes help the council build more new homes than would otherwise be possible. As well as being newly built and decorated, all new homes are very energy efficient, so tenants can save money on their heating bills compared to most other homes.
What sort of new homes are being built?
We are building a range of housing types, from larger family houses to one bedroom flats. It depends on the site and the needs of each area. Homes are easily accessible and adaptable to meet residents’ changing needs and at least one in ten are designed especially for wheelchair users.
We are building new homes to high standards to help minimise residents’ fuel bills and carbon emissions. They aim to support people to live sustainable lifestyles and encourage sustainable neighbourhoods.
When will new homes be ready?
The first new homes were completed in 2015 and we have had a steady development programme of other sites since then. You can check the schemes in the pipeline under ‘Latest News’ below and finished schemes under 'Already completed.'
How many new homes will be built?
That depends on finding suitable sites, on the amount of resident and local support for development, on funding being available and on meeting planning requirements. We are aiming to build at least 500 new homes on council housing land.
If you would like to download this information as a separate document, please download the New Homes for Neighbourhoods FAQ (PDF 114 KB).
New Homes for Neighbourhoods Update
Brooke Mead, Albion Street, Brighton – 45 new council 'extra care' flats
This extra-care scheme is targeted at people with low to moderate dementia. The scheme is close to completion, the flats have been allocated and we expect tenants to start moving in from January. See Brooke Mead web page
Albion Hill Residents Association and local residents were involved in planning for the new community garden next to the site.
Kite Place, Whitehawk Road - 57 new council flats
The 57 new council flats in two blocks on the site of the former Whitehawk Library at the junction of Findon and Whitehawk Road are close to completion and being allocated through Homemove. The West block facing Whitehawk Road will be handed over first and we expect new tenants to start moving in in the New Year. The flats have one, two or three bedrooms and include flats designed for applicants in Mobility 1, 2 and 3 bandings.
Westridge Construction won a Considerate Constructors award for community involvement at this site and the artwork by local children and young people won runner-up prize in a hoardings competition run by the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Due East Neighbourhood Council are taking forward residents' feedback on other community issues and priorities for the area from the Planning for Real consultation held in March 2015.
Hobby Place, Whitehawk Road - 29 new council flats
This scheme of 29 council flats is making good progress on the previously empty site between Whitehawk Academy and the Wellsbourne Health Centre. Planning permission was granted on 27 September 2016 and work is expected to be completed in February 2018. There are two blocks with one, two or three bedroom flats including flats suitable for wheelchair users and tenants with mobility issues. All flats will be advertised and let through Homemove when the homes are close to completion.
This scheme was developed with feedback from local residents who were invited to a drop-in consultation event in February 2016 at the Whitehawk Hub to look at a model and designs. Using the 'planning for real' model of the area, they commented on the proposed scheme and also gave feedback to Due East Neighbourhood Council about wider Whitehawk issues and opportunities to improve the area. The hoardings featuring artwork of pupils of City Academy Whitehawk and youth graffiti art also won runner up in the Considerate Constructors national award in July 2017.
Lynchet Close, Hollingdean
Construction of six four-bedroom council houses and two two-bedroom flats started on 29 August 2017 on the open space opposite Hollingdean Park and playground, after planning consent was granted on 17 August 2017. The timber frames have been erected and we expect the work to be completed in summer 2018. All homes will be advertised and let through Homemove when the homes are close to completion.
Kensington Street, Brighton
Planning permission for 12 new homes on three small cleared sites in Kensington Street in the North Laine was granted, following earlier consultation with local residents and businesses. Construction is expected to start early in the New Year.
We held a competition with the Royal Institute of British Architects for architects to design new council homes at small former or under-used garage and parking sites at Hinton Close, Rotherfield Crescent, Natal Road and Frederick Street in Brighton. Local residents around each site were consulted on the shortlisted designs last autumn and informed of the winning designs. We are working on the plans and local residents will be consulted again before a planning application is submitted for each site.
Former Selsfield Drive housing office site, Moulsecoomb
Bates Estate residents and community representatives met the council's architect and gave their views on a proposed new block of flats on the site of the former Selsfield Drive housing office at a drop-in consultation in February 2016 at Moulsecoomb Hall, Lewes Rd. Most of their feedback was supportive of the development and Housing & New Homes Committee approved the proposed development on 2 March 2016. We have been liaising with Planning and will keep the resident association updated on changes to the design.
Plumpton Road, Queens Park
In January 2017, Housing & New Homes and Policy, Resources & Growth Committees agreed to lease a small, overgrown former garage site to a self-build housing co-operative to build two family homes for rent. The site has very long, narrow access and self-build seems the only viable way to bring the site into use for affordable rented homes. The Co-op’s proposals for two 3 bedroom houses have now got planning consent.
Land and funding for new homes are in short supply, sites are often small and very challenging, but many more affordable rented homes are needed. So we are also working with development partners to deliver affordable rented homes on former or underused garage sites using modular homes. These would be built in a factory and delivered by lorry, but be designed to last as long as traditionally built homes.
Eastergate Rd, Moulsecoomb
In June 2017, Housing & New Homes and Policy, Resources & Growth Committees agreed to lease a small, partly cleared council housing garage site next to the Housing Centre in Moulsecoomb to YMCA Downslink Group, to build modular Y:Cube homes for local single young people. The Homes & Communities Agency has allocated funding for this scheme. A consultation event on the initial plans was held in the Housing Centre for local residents and businesses in April 2017. YMCA Downslink, a charity based in Hove, will carry out further consultation after some more design work and before applying for planning consent.
Proposals for four new modular homes on two of the four small underused council housing garage sites at Patchdean were presented to residents and local ward councillors at a consultation event in February 2017 and adjusted in light of residents’ feedback.The council is working up the proposals further before seeking committee approval.
Buckley Close, Hangleton
Proposals for 12 new modular homes on the site of 51 empty council garages in Buckley Close, Hangleton which are no longer safe to use were presented to residents and local ward councillors at a drop-in consultation event at Hangleton Community Centre in April 2017. The council is working up the proposals further before seeking committee approval.
Preston Road, Brighton - two new council family wheelchair bungalows
The council rebuilt former temporary accommodation units in the grounds of two villas as two new three-bedroom wheelchair accessible bungalows with private gardens. Work started in January 2015 and finished at the end of July that year. Both the homes were let through Homemove at affordable rents to households who needed to move to a fully wheelchair accessible home.
Robert Lodge South , Whitehawk Road, Brighton – nine new council flats
The Robert Lodge South block of nine one-bedroom flats on the site of the former Manor Place Housing Office was completed on 7 March 2016. One is designed for a full time wheelchair user and the others for residents with other mobility issues. The council let all the flats through Homemove at affordable rents. The Chair of Housing & New Homes, Councillor Anne Meadows, opened the new scheme on 10 March 2016, thanking the Robert Lodge Resident Association Committee and residents for their support for the development and welcoming new tenants.
Aldwick Mews, Hangleton – four new family council houses
Four new three-bedroom family houses were completed on the former Hardwick Road garage site in August 2016, and let through Homemove at affordable rents. One of the homes is fully wheelchair accessible.
Flint Close, Portslade – four new family council houses
Two two-bedroom and two three-bedroom family houses on the two former garage sites at Flint Close were completed in September 2016. All the homes were let through Homemove at affordable rents.
Darwell Court, Kemp Town – five new council homes
Less than 11 months after work started on site, three one-bedroom flats, a two-bedroom maisonette and a two-bedroom fully wheelchair accessible ground floor flat were completed on 14 July 2016. This small, cleared site had previously been used for car parking. All homes were let at affordable rents through Homemove.
Councillor Anne Meadows, Chair of Housing and New Homes, had visited the site to see the foundations work in late September 2015. Hear Cllr Meadow's comments on the importance of making the best use of small infill sites to help meet the city’s housing needs.
Robert Lodge North, Manor Way – six new council flats
The six one and two-bedroom flats in the Robert North block were completed 11 days ahead of schedule on 5 December 2016 and let at affordable rents through Homemove. Working with Robert Lodge Resident Association, a public art work was produced for the communal garden. Residents helped to plan new landscaping and trees in the communal garden, and they also have the opportunity to rent the newly installed stores for mobility scooters and cycles.
Pierre Close, Foredown Road, Portslade – four new council houses.
Four three-bedroom family houses were built on the former council housing garage site at Foredown Road and were completed on 6 December 2016. All the homes were let through Homemove
Who can I contact for more information, to make comments or to suggest a site for development?
You can contact the Estate Regeneration Team with any questions or suggestions by:
Phone: 01273 290591
Post: Estate Regeneration Team, Brighton & Hove City Council
1st Floor, Hove Town Hall, Hove, BN3 3BQ