Where the masterplan area is

The council is preparing a masterplan in the form of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to guide future development within and around the Conway Street Industrial Area (near Hove Station) and help better connect neighbourhoods on both sides of the railway.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) are intended to provide detailed guidance on how planning policy will be implemented. 

The draft SPD focusses on the area shown within the broken yellow line (Master Plan Core Area) on the above image, while having regard to ‘emerging’ developments and opportunities in the wider area within the blue line (the Brighton & Hove City Plan Part One DA6 'Hove Station Development Area'). 

The Conway Street Industrial Area referenced above forms a ‘strategic allocation’ in the Brighton & Hove City Plan Part One – and is shown in the red area on the above image.

Following consultation with stakeholders on Issues & Options in early 2019, at the start of 2020 the council appointed a consultant team led by Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design to progress work on the masterplan. 

A draft version of the resulting SPD was approved for public consultation purposes on 19 November 2020 by the council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee. 

Public consultation

The public consultation runs for 8 weeks, from 14 December 2020 to 7 February 2021. We're keen to gather your views.

View or download the draft Hove station area SPD.

You can comment on the draft Hove station area SPD through our consultation portal.

Or you can:

If you need a paper version of the plan, please get in touch and include your name and postal address in your email or letter.

This video explains the main aspects of the draft SPD.

View the video transcript or the photo copyright information for this video.

View an easy read document summarising the draft SPD.

Online meetings

The council is hosting 2 online public meetings on Zoom in January 2021. Council officers and a representative from the consultant team will be available to answer questions and clarify issues where possible. 

The Zoom meetings will be held on:

Hove Station Neighourhood Forum will host another Zoom public meeting in January 2021. In this meeting council officers and one or more representatives from the consultant team will again be available to answer questions and clarify issues where possible. 

The forum will be holding their Zoom meeting on Saturday 16 January from 11.30am to 1pm.   

If you would like to attend the event hosted by the forum, send an email to hovestationforum@gmail.com for more information.

The results of the public consultation will be reported back to a future meeting of the council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee in spring 2021 and will inform the final version of the SPD, which the council hopes to adopt shortly thereafter.

Hove Station Neighbourhood Plan

Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum has prepared a draft Neighbourhood Plan for the Hove Station Area which was published for public consultation in March 2019. It is anticipated that the ‘Regulation 16 Draft’ of the Neighbourhood Plan will be submitted to the council before the end of 2020.

The draft SPD has had regard to the policies in both Part 1 and Part 2 of the draft Hove Station neighbourhood Plan.

To have full statutory weight in the planning process, the Neighbourhood Plan needs to be ‘made’. The ‘making’ of the plan requires the following:

  • ‘Regulation 16’ consultation to be undertaken by the council
  • examination by an independent examiner
  • following the examiner’s report and recommendations, a council decision on whether the plan should proceed to referendum
  • if successful at referendum, the Neighbourhood Plan would then be ‘made’ by the council and form part of the Development Plan

Find more information from the Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum