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 or 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?
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).
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.
Kensington Street, Brighton
Planning permission was granted for 12 new homes on three small cleared sites in Kensington Street in the North Laine, following earlier consultation with local residents and businesses. Construction started in February 2018 and is expected to complete in May 2019. Works are progressing well. A video was made of the fabulous street art that was on the site.
In September 2018, the Housing & New Homes Committee agreed to progress proposals for four family homes at the former garage sites at Rotherfield Crescent. We had 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 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
A planning application to develop 30 flats on the site of the former housing office was approved by planning committee on 12 September 2018. Demolition of the former housing office, store and garages was completed over the summer and enabling work was due to begin in November. At a consultation event in February 2016 with Bates Estate residents and community representatives, residents met the council's architect and gave their views on the proposed block of flats. Most of their feedback was supportive of the development and Housing & New Homes Committee approved the proposed development on 2 March 2016. The plans changed as a result of Planning feedback and a further consultation event was held for local residents and others to see the new designs and give their views at Moulsecoomb Leisure Centre on 23 February 2018.
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 proposals for two three bedroom houses have now got planning consent and are being finalised with the aim of starting works on site later in 2018.
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 aiming 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 Road, 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 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.
Kite Place, Whitehawk Road - 57 new council flats
Tenants recently celebrated the opening of Kite Place, 57 new council flats in two blocks on the site of the former Whitehawk Library at the junction of Findon and Whitehawk Road, by the Chair of Housing Councillor Anne Meadows on 15 May 2018. The flats have one, two or three bedrooms and are now fully occupied. Tenants made the flats their own with balcony plants and new furnishings and also formed a gardening group and set up a community Facebook page.
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. The scheme has also been shortlisted for "best affordable housing scheme" (26-70 homes) at the 29 November Inside Housing Development Awards 2018.
Lynchet Close, Hollingdean
Construction of six four-bedroom council houses and two two-bedroom flats on the open space opposite Hollingdean Park and playground, was completed at the end of June 2018, after planning consent was granted on 17 August 2017. All homes were advertised and let through Homemove . An official opening took place on 2 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 the 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 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 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.
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. 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.
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