What's happening with closed consultations

Find information and updates here about consultations that have been closed since January 2018.

Consultations are listed in date order, with the most recently closed at the top.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Statement of Modifications and Right to be Heard

  • Closing date: 13 February 2019
  • Number of responses: 1

The Community Infrastructure Levy allows local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from certain types of new development for strategic infrastructure to support growth. Brighton & Hove City Council published a CIL Draft Charging Schedule which was consulted on between March and June 2018.

Changes have been made to the Draft Charging Schedule in response to the consultation. The modifications were agreed by the Tourism, Development and Culture committee on 22 November 2018 and are set out in our Statement of Modifications to the Draft Charging Schedule. This was an opportunity to request the right to be heard by the examiner on any modification.

Food Hygiene Rating scheme

  • Closing date: 3 February 2019
  • Number of responses: 20

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme helps you choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving you clear information about a business’s hygiene standards. The Food Standards Agency runs the scheme in partnership with local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Although the scheme is set out in law the display of the rating sticker is voluntary in England. This consultation sought views about food business having to display their food hygiene rating score. Once the results have been analysed we plan to us the information to encourage food businesses to display their ratings and improve standards so that a higher rating is achieved.

Pride Village Party

  • Closing date: 31 January 2019
  • Number of responses: 2,800

Pride Village Party (PVP) which takes place in St James’s Street each year over Pride weekend. The PVP has been happening in and around the St James’s Street area for many years. Up until 2015 the event was not organised officially by either the council or Pride itself. Instead, visitors independently congregated in the area, attracted by the LGBTQ+ bars and clubs that exist there. Since 2015, Pride organisers have managed the PVP and have put resources in place to manage the disruption to local people including additional security personnel, street cleaning and toilets. It is now a ticketed event limited to certain parts of St James’s Street and neighbouring roads.

This consultation was an opportunity for residents and businesses to have their say on the future of the PVP, including whether it should continue, where it should take place and any other changes people would like to be made to the event. The responses will be reported to the Tourism, Development and Culture committee on 7 March 2019.

Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy

  • Closing Date: 28 January 2019
  • Number of responses: 23

This strategy sets out the vision for health, care and wellbeing in Brighton & Hove.

Every area has to have a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy that is agreed by the local Health & Wellbeing Board, a partnership of local Councillors, council officers, NHS commissioners and clinicians, the local children and adult Safeguarding Boards and Healthwatch (the independent watchdog for health and social care services in the city).

Our draft strategy has been developed by a Policy Panel, bringing together city Councillors from all political groups, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group commissioners and GPs, council officers, local business representatives, Healthwatch and local community and voluntary sector representatives.

The strategy sets out our strategic vision for 2019-2030, together with the principles which will guide our future actions. It presents a shared view of where we are and of the challenges and opportunities that we face. However it is not a plan of how these will be delivered – the strategy will be used to inform these detailed plans.

Vews from this consultation will inform the final version of the strategy which will be agreed by the Health and Wellbeing Board in March 2019.

Outdoor Event Strategy to 2024

Date closed: 25 January 2019
Number of responses: 146

This consultation was an opportunity for Brighton & Hove residents and those working in or affected by outdoor events to comment on the draft of the Outdoor Events Strategy to 2024. Comments will be taken into consideration and the final document taken to the Tourism, Development and Culture Committee in March 2019.

Admission arrangements for Brighton & Hove schools 2020/21

  • Date closed: 31 December 2018
  • Number of responses: 1

The city council was consulting on the proposed community school admission arrangements for 2020-21 and invited responses from parents in the city who have a child or children between the ages of 2 and 18 years of age, governing bodies of all schools in the city and neighbouring local authorities. Responses to this consultation will be presented to the Children, Young People and Skills Committee at a meeting on 14 January 2019.

Old Steine to Palace Pier consultation - Valley Gardens Phase 3

  • Date closed: 25 November 2018
  • Number of responses: Over 750

The results of the consultation and key stakeholder engagement will be used inform a design revision of the Phase 3 preferred option aligned to the project objectives and any amendments previously agreed by ETS Committee. The results of the consultation and the updated preliminary design plan will be reported to ETS Committee, 7 February. At this committee approval to progress to detailed design stage will be sought. Detail including what will be done with the Deco Bus stops will dealt with at the later detailed stage through a separate feasibility study. The detailing and finalisation of public spaces, green spaces, parking, access, landscape materials, and street lighting etc. will be worked up in the later Phase 3 detailed design stage after the 7 February ETS Committee if project progression is approved.

Updates will be provided on the Vision for Valley Gardens website.

Consultation on Brighton & Hove Council Tax Reduction Scheme for working age people 2018

  • Date closed: 4 November 2018
  • Number of responses: 708

Council Tax Reduction (CTR) helps low income households by reducing the amount of council tax they must pay.  Thousands of residents who were on Housing Benefit are gradually being moved over to Universal Credit, which is administered by the DWP. CTR is still administered by the council, even if you have moved to Universal Credit.

The amount of Universal Credit somebody receives can go up and down every month and each time this happens, the council has to recalculate CTR. With each change to CTR, a new council tax bill is sent, which can be confusing because the amount we are asking for might keep changing every month. This could lead to more arrears and more personal debt problems for people on low incomes.  

We want to make the scheme fairer and simpler, so that those on low income do not end up receiving lots more bills. We want to be clear how much Council Tax they should pay. Also, we have to make sure that the cost of running the CTR scheme does not increase. 

Results and findings from the consultation will be reported to the council's Policy, Resources & Growth Committee on 6 December 2018.

Partial Review of Brighton & Hove Polling Districts and Places

  • Date closed: 29 October 2018
  • Number of responses: 20

Brighton & Hove City Council conducted a partial review of its polling districts and polling places under Section 18 of the Representation of the People Act 1983. 

If agreed the proposals would update the current polling scheme to account for the following considerations to:

  •  try and identify new polling places in areas where the existing provision is inadequate.
  •  ensure, as far as practicable, that polling places are accessible to people with disabilities.
  •  ensure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances.
  •  try and minimise disruption to schools

More information about on the results and what happens next will be available shortly.

Brighton & Hove City Council Gambling Policy

  • Date Closed: 17 September 2018
  • Number of responses: 1

The council, as a licensing authority, carried this consultation exercise as part of a review of its Gambling Policy.

The policy reflects national legislation and guidance and demonstrates how responsible authorities will operate at a local level. Proposed changes to the policy may be led by governmental decisions or by lessons learnt here in Brighton & Hove.

All comments will be included in the report going to Licensing Committee on the 29 November 2018, where members will vote on whether to agree or amend the revised Gambling Policy, which will then go to Full Council in December 2018 for approval.

Consultation on the Draft City Plan Part 2

  • Date closed: 13 September 2018 at 5pm
  • Number of responses: Over 280

The council was seeking views on the draft City Plan Part Two which sets out the preferred approach to proposed site allocations for housing and other uses such as employment and community facilities and contains a suite of development management policies which will be used to assess planning applications.  Comment from the consultation will help inform the final version of the City Plan Part Two.  More information on the development of the plan can be found on the City Plan Part Two webpage.

Urban Design Framework (UDF) consultation

  • Date closed: Thursday 13 September
  • Number of responses: 21

The purpose of this ‘Issues and Options’ paper is to promote discussion and build consensus on the type and content of guidance prepared to support the delivery of Policy CP12 Urban Design and other relevant City Plan Policies.

The outcome of this consultation will inform the preparation of a Draft UDF Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). A city-wide consultation exercise for the Draft SPD is expected to take place summer 2019.  More information on the development of the SPD can be found on the Supplementary Planning Document webpages.

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2018

  • Date closed: 31 August 2018
  • Number of responses: Over 400

The purpose of the survey was to help assess demand for childcare places and help us support local childcare providers to meet need.

Findings from the consultation will be published towards the end of 2018 on the Early Years and Childcare Strategy web page as part of the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2018.

Repairs and maintenance survey

  • Date closed: 14 August 2018
  • Number of responses: 70

This survey was for tenants and leaseholders of Brighton & Hove City Council and Seaside Homes.

Brighton & Hove City Council has a ten year partnering contract with Mears Ltd to provide Repairs, maintenance and improvements for residents living in property owned by Brighton & Hove City Council. The contract ends in March 2020, so the council is reviewing all of the services that come under this contract and how they can be delivered in the future. This survey was part of a wider review of the repairs and maintenance service over the last 8 years.  Results from the survey will be published in a independent report that will be reported to the Housing & New Homes Committee on 26 September 2018

Queens Park Conservation Management Plan

Date closed: 6 August 2018
Number of responses: 228

Visitors to Queens Park were asked to decide how the popular park should be improved. Brighton & Hove City Council and the Friends of Queens Park are asking park goers to choose between two very different proposals to enhance the park.  One plan could see the pond improved with more planting and a ‘dipping platform.’ The second proposal would see the Quiet Garden improved. 

More information about what happens next will be available on this page shortly.

The Brighton & Hove Visitor Economy Strategy consultation

  • Date closed: 22 July 2018
  • Number of responses: 17

The Visitor Economy Strategy (VES) for Brighton & Hove is a strategy for the city first but looks outside to identify how the city and region can work together on tourism for mutual benefit. 

This consultation was an opportunity for Brighton & Hove residents and those working in the sector to comment on the draft of the Visitor Economy Strategy 2018 -2023. Comments received will be taken into consideration when completing the final Visitor Economy Strategy. The final document will then be taken to the Tourism Development & Culture Committee on 27th September.

Severe Weather Provision for Rough Sleepers (SWEP)

  • Date closed: 6 July 2018
  • Number of responses: Nearly 350

Views were sought on the proposals to open the Severe Weather Provision for Rough Sleepers (SWEP) more frequently. The SWEP provides emergency shelter for rough sleepers in times of severe weather in order to prevent loss of life.  

Feedback will be collated and used to inform the development of the SWEP service for Winter 2018/19.  An overview of the feedback received on this consultation and how it has been used will be available by the beginning of August and a report will go to the Health & Wellbeing Board on 11 September 2018

A vision for Valley Gardens - Old Steine to Palace Pier Roundabout

  • Date closed: 29 June 2018
  • Number of responses: Over 800

People were invited to tell us what they think about the area at the moment.

The results will be reported to the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee in October, following which a plan for the area will be developed. There will be a further consultation to gather people views on the option presented in the autumn. Updates will be provided on the Vision for Valley Gardens website.

Royal Pavilion Gardens consultation

  • Date closed: 29 June 2018
  • Number of responses: Over 1,300

Residents, visitors and stakeholders were invited share what they think could improve the garden and increase understanding of its significance.

Responses will be analysed and feed into future plans for the garden. Updates will be published on the Royal Pavilion website.

Business Rate Relief – Community Voluntary Sector

  • Date closed: Midday Thursday 21 June 2018
  • Number of responses: 14

This consultation was about our discretionary powers to reduce the Business Rates burden for community organisations, charities and other voluntary organisations that add social value.

More information about what happens next will be available on this page shortly.

Revaluation Rate Relief 2018 - 2021

  • Date closed: Midday Thursday 21 June 2018
  • Number of responses: 4 

The purpose of this consultation was to check that the criteria we adopted in 2017 for Revaluation Rate Relief are still suitable for the remaining years of the scheme, and also to adjust last year’s criteria in order to allocate further relief against the 2017-18 year.

More information about what happens next will be available on this page shortly.

Community Infrastructure Levy – Publication of a Draft Charging Schedule and relevant evidence

  • Date closed: Wednesday 13 June 2018
  • Number of responses: 10

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local authorities to raise funds from new development to provide citywide infrastructure to support that development.

More information on what happens next will follow shortly.

Brighton & Hove Cultural Framework - Daring to be Different

  • Date closed: Wednesday 6 June 2018
  • Number of responses: 35

The Draft Brighton & Hove Cultural Framework is a shared plan of action, co-created in a collaborative process involving hundreds of local people. The framework seeks to address the things that hold Brighton back – whether that is addressing inclusion, creating more opportunities for young people to get into creative employment, helping improve health and wellbeing or ensuring that creativity is properly positioned as the driver of growth and inward investment.

The framework is wide ranging, with five themes including ‘The Creative Coast’ – an ambitious strategy and prospectus for public and private investment, engaging partners in and around Brighton, in maximising the economic potential that the city has to grow the economy in the South East through supercharging its creative and cultural organisations and businesses.

Comments received will be taken into consideration when completing the final Cultural Framework document. The final document will then be taken to the Tourism Development & Culture Committee on 21st June 2018.

Transport Policy Statement for Students aged 16–18 in Further Education, Continuing Students aged 19 and over and 19-24 Year Old Students with Learning Difficulties or Disabilities 

  • Date closed: 31 May 2018
  • Number of responses: 6

Local authorities have a duty to prepare and publish an annual transport policy statement specifying the arrangements for the provision of transport or otherwise that the authority considers it necessary to make to facilitate the attendance of all persons of sixth form age upwards receiving education or training.

This was a consultation on the proposed statement for Brighton & Hove City Council for 2018/19. Following consideration of the responses no changes were made to the policy.  The final policy will be published shortly on the council's Help with travel and living costs for FE students webpage.

Queens Park Conservation Character Statement

  • Date closed: 21 May 2018
  • Number of responses: 19

The Queen's Park Character Statement provides an objective assessment of the character and appearance of the Queens Park conservation area. This will inform and guide future management and development proposals in the area.

The results will help to inform amendments to the draft document and will be reported to the Tourism, Development and Culture committee on 27 September 2018 when approval is sought for the final Character Statement. The consultation findings and draft Character Statement will be available when committee paper are released nearer the committee date.

Brighton & Hove Rights of Way Improvement Plan

  • Date closed: 18 May 2018
  • Number of responses: Over 130

The countryside access affects a wide range of people including local residents and visitors to the area. The Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) sets out how the authority intends to improve provision for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and those with mobility issues.

The council was keen to hear the views of anyone who has an interest in countryside access to help prioritise areas for improvement.

Responses to the consultation will be considered for inclusion in the final ROWIP document which will go to the council's Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee for final approval. The agreed ROWIP will be published on the Rights of Way pages on the council's website.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue - How it measures its response to emergencies

  • Date closed: 6 March 2018

East Sussex Fire Authority was seeking views on how it measures its response to emergencies.

To find out more about the results to the consultation visit the East Sussex Fire & Rescue website

Selsfield Drive Housing Scheme proposals

  • Date closed: 2 March 2018
  • Number of responses: 7

Residents and/ or businesses in the vicinity of the former Housing Office site, Selsfield Drive, were invited to comment on the latest Selsfield Drive Housing Scheme proposals. A public exhibition was held at Moulsecoomb Leisure Centre on Friday 23 February which was attended by council officers and the Construction Manager for Morgan Sindall, the council’s construction partner. The exhibition material was also made available on the council’s Consultation Portal and Moulsecoomb Library for the week following the public exhibition.

The results of this consultation will be used to inform the preparation of a planning application which is scheduled to be submitted at the end of March 2018.

A summary of the comments and the amendments made to the scheme design will be highlighted in a brief report and posted on the New Homes for Neighbourhoods website

The report will also form part of the Design and Access Statement which will accompany the planning application.

Adult Library Survey

  • Date closed: 23/02/18
  • Number of responses: 2,728

Library users and people from special interest groups were asked their opinions of library services, in order to enable us to obtain feedback on the implementation of the modernisation proposals, as outlined in the Library Plan 2016-2020.

The results will be reviewed by the Library Management Team, and any actions resulting from the survey will be implemented over the coming months.

The results of the survey will be available on the libraries web pages

Child Library Survey

  • Date closed: 23 February 2018
  • Number of responses: 109

Library users and people from special interest groups were asked their opinions of library services, in order to enable us to obtain feedback on the implementation of the modernisation proposals, as outlined in the Library Plan 2016-2020. The results will be reviewed by the Library Management Team, and any actions resulting from the survey will be implemented over the coming months.

The results of the survey will be available on the libraries web pages

Stanmer Woodland Management Plan

  • Date closed: 12 February 2018
  • Number of responses: 91

Interested parties were invited to comment on the Stanmer Woodland Management Plan, which will enable us look after the woodland in a planned way so that trees, plants and wildlife have the best environment in which to thrive.

The council’s Parks Projects team will work with Julian Miller Land Management to incorporate comments into the draft plan.

A summary of those comments and the amendments made will be highlighted in a brief report and posted on the Stanmer Park web page

A summary consultation report will be available on 20 February and revised draft plan on 5 March. The plan will be submitted to the Forestry Commission for approval in March 2018.

Wedding ceremonies

  • Date closed: 2 February 2018
  • Number of responses: 65

Major refurbishment work is planned for Brighton Town Hall in 2019. This means Brighton & Hove Register Office may need to relocate to alternative premises. People planning their wedding or ceremony shared their views on what is important to them when planning their big day. 

The results will be considered by the Registration Service management team on Thursday 1 March and will be published on the Births, Deaths, and Marriages web pages on 31 March 2018.

Extended autumn school half term consultation

  • Date closed: 31 January 2018
  • Number of responses: Over 4,500

Over the coming month the responses will be checked and analysed. The committee report is due to be made available to the public on 23 February 2018.

A report of the findings from the consultation will go to the children, young people & skills committee for consideration on Monday 5 March 2018.  

Find the report on the committee meeting page

Following discussions of the finding from the extended autumn half term consultation at the Children, Young People and Skills committee. It was recommend that the Executive Director Families, Children and Learning sets term dates for community, voluntary controlled, community special schools and maintained nurseries in Brighton and Hove for the academic year 2019/20 which include only one week as a half term break in October.

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