New homes for neighbourhoods
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.
Kensington Street, Brighton
Building work is nearing completion on 12 new homes on three small cleared sites in Kensington Street in the North Laine. 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 in summer 2018 and work on the site began 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. Main construction work began on 17 June 2019 and is expected to be completed late 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 proposals for two three bedroom houses now have planning consent, ground works are complete, and the structures are to be built over summer 2019.
Eastergate Road, Moulsecoomb
In June 2017, the Housing & New Homes and Policy, Resources & Growth committees 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 self-contained, single person accommodation for local young people using modular construction methods. 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, and young people have been involved in the design process. YMCA Downslink will carry out further consultation in June 2019 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
Work has begun on 12 new modular homes 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. Visit our Buckley Close webpage for the latest updates about the work.
Victoria Road, Portslade
Proposals to build 41 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. Work is progressing and the scheme will provide a mix of one, two and three bedroom flats. The development also facilitates building a new bowling green in Victoria Rec for the Portslade Bowls Club and a new sports pavilion for the use of the bowls club and local football clubs.
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 or 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. 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
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.