New homes for neighbourhoods
Find out about our plans for building new homes on land owned by Brighton & Hove City Council.
Our New Homes for Neighbourhoods programme is building much-needed new rented 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.
Selsfield Drive, Moulsecoomb
In 2016 we consulted Bates Estate residents and community representatives on development proposals for the former housing office at Selsfield Drive. Following planning feedback, we significantly changed our designs and consulted on them at an event at Moulsecoomb Leisure Centre in early 2018. The housing office was demolished in summer 2018 and planning approved the development of 30 flats in September 2018. Construction began in June 2019 and was completed in autumn 2020.
We were granted planning permission to build four flats on Frederick Street in the North Laine in April 2020. The site was part of a design competition in 2015 to unlock small challenging sites across the city. Construction is due to start over winter later this year.
Victoria Road, Portslade
Proposals to build 42 new council homes on the site of the former housing office and adjacent bowls club in Victoria Road, Portslade were approved at the Housing & New Homes committee in November 2018. Construction of the new sports pavilion, including a bowling green and football changing rooms, in Victoria Road Recreation Ground is underway. Following completion of the sports pavilion, the Portslade Bowls Club can move to their new home and construction of the new council homes can begin. The housing development will provide a mix of one, two and three bedroom flats.
This site was part of a design competition in 2015 to unlock small challenging sites across the city and the project was approved by Housing & New Homes Committee in September 2018. The development will create three new council homes with shared communal garden space. A planning application is due to be submitted this year.
Eastergate Road, Moulsecoomb
In June 2017, the Housing & New Homes Committee agreed to lease a small garage site next to the Housing Centre in Moulsecoomb to YMCA Downslink Group, a charity based in Hove. YMCA Downslink are developing transitional self-contained, single person flats for local young people. A consultation event on the plans was held in the Housing Centre in April 2017, and young people have been involved throughout the design process. Planning permission for the scheme was granted in February 2020 and construction is planned to start in autumn 2020.
Plans for a new neighbourhood hub and more than 200 homes on the site of a number of underused council buildings in Moulsecoomb are under development. Proposals to transfer land to the council’s housing revenue account and relocate services were agreed by Housing Committee on 29 April and Policy & Resources committee on 30 April. In January 2020, a series of ‘planning for real’ sessions, which used a 3D model of the neighbourhood, gave residents a hands-on way of having their say on the best way to provide what’s needed. Detailed plans for the neighbourhood hub and the housing are currently being developed.
Windlesham Close, Portlslade
We're drawing up plans to build 17 new council-rented homes in Windlesham Close in Portlsade, on the former site of Windlesham House. We're currently consulting on the proposals before we finalise the design and apply for planning permission. We consulted on the proposals in autumn 2019.
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.
Buckley Close, Hangleton
Twelve new homes have been built on the site of 51 empty council garages in Buckley Close, Hangleton. The scheme was approved at the Housing & New Homes committee in November 2018 and planning permission was granted in April 2019. The homes were completed in May 2020.
Plumpton Road, Queens Park
In January 2017, Housing & New Homes and Policy, Resources & Growth Committees agreed to lease a small, overgrown former garage site with very long, narrow access to a self-build housing co-operative to build two family homes for rent. The Co-op’s two three-bedroom houses were completed in spring 2020.
Kensington Street, Brighton
The 12 new homes on three small cleared sites in Kensington Street in the city centre's North Laine are now complete, with the first residents being welcomed to their new homes in August 2019. A film capturing the fabulous street art on the sites was made before work began on the new homes. The development has won the Best Architectural Design in the 2018 South East Construction Awards.
Hobby Place, Whitehawk Road - 29 new council flats
This scheme of 29 council flats, on the previously empty site between Whitehawk Academy and the Wellsbourne Health Centre, was completed in July 2018 and an official opening took place on 19 October 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 were advertised and let through Homemove.
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.
Kite Place, Whitehawk Road - 57 new council flats
The two blocks of 57 new council one, two and three bedroom flats on the site of the former Whitehawk Library at the junction of Findon and Whitehawk Road were officially opened at a ceremony in May 2018. Kite Place is the largest of our New Homes for Neighbourhood developments to date.
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. The scheme was also shortlisted for 'best affordable housing scheme' (26-70 homes) for the Inside Housing Development Awards 2018.
Lynchet Close, Hollingdean
Six new four-bedroom council houses and two two-bedroom flats on the open space opposite Hollingdean Park and playground were completed at the end of June 2018. All homes were advertised and let through Homemove. An official opening took place in August 2018.
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 bungalows for wheelchair users with private gardens. Work started in January 2015 and finished at the end of July that year. Both homes were let through Homemove at affordable rents to households who needed to move to a wheelchair user 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 scheme was opened at a ceremony in March 2016.
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 designed for wheelchair users.
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 wheelchair user 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.
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. The two ground floor flats have level access showers and are suitable for tenants with limited mobility. 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 stores for mobility scooters and cycles which were installed as part of the new build scheme.
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 at affordable rents.
Brooke Mead, Albion Street, Brighton – 45 new council 'extra care' flats
The Brooke Mead extra care scheme is designed mainly for tenants with low to moderate dementia, to encourage independent living for as long as possible. The scheme was completed in December 2017 and tenants started moving in from January 2018. Carers are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if needed, and the scheme has a communal garden, lounge and social activity rooms. The homes are let at affordable rents with Adult Social Care involvement in allocations.
Albion Hill Residents Association and local residents were involved in planning for the new community garden next to the site.