New homes for neighbourhoods

Find out about our plans for building new homes on land owned by Brighton & Hove City Council.

The programme

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.

You can contact the Regeneration team with any questions or to tell us your views at any time. If the project is approved, you'll also have the opportunity to comment on the planning application.

Send an email to

Write to Estate Regeneration Team, Brighton & Hove City Council, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ

Latest news

Swanborough Drive new council homes consultation report

Over the summer, from June to October, we commissioned Planning for Real®  to run a consultation into resident and stakeholder views about a proposal to build 35 to 39 new council homes in North Whitehawk, on the site of the former play area on Swanborough Drive. 

The consultation summary has already been shared with local residents and stakeholders. View the full consultation report.

Frederick Street

Planning permission was granted to build 4 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 started in summer 2023.

Victoria Road, Portslade

A development of 42 new council homes is now complete on the site of a former housing office and bowls club in Victoria Road, Portslade.

Work on the site behind Portslade Town Hall started in spring 2021 and the homes are due to be complete in the new year. The development will provide a mix of one, 2 and 3 bedroom flats.

A new sports pavilion has been built in Victoria Recreation Ground to provide a new home for Portslade Bowls Club.

Facilities at the pavilion include an outdoor artificial all-weather bowling green, a short mat indoor bowls area, changing rooms, and a kitchen. It also has changing room facilities and a serving kiosk for refreshments which will be leased to a local football club.

Rotherfield Crescent

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.

Planning has been granted for the development of 3 new 3-bedroom homes on the site, with work due to start in spring 2023. The new homes are designed to meet important energy efficiency and sustainability standards and include:

  • cycle parking
  • nature improvements, like bee bricks and swift boxes
  • use of air source heat pumps
  • rainwater collection
  • PV panels
  • a communal composting store

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, who wanted to develop self-contained, single person flats for local young people.

Young people were involved in the design process and planning permission for the scheme was granted in October 2020.

The council have now taken on the role of developer for this project and, in November 2022, the Housing Committee approved the procurement of a main contractor on a design and build basis.

Moulsecoomb Hub

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 and 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.

Read the latest updates on the Moulsecoomb housing and community hub proposals.

Windlesham Close, Portslade

We're drawing up plans to build 17 new council-rented homes in Windlesham Close in Portslade, on the former site of Windlesham House.

We consulted on the proposals in October 2019 and have since updated designs in response to the feedback received.

The project gained Housing Committee approval in June 2021 to progress to a planning application.

We're currently completing the designs of the building and aim to hold further public consultation in February 2023 ahead of applying for planning permission the following autumn. 

Former Hollingbury Library

The original proposal to redevelop the site for homeless move-on accommodation is no longer progressing.

The site is under review for alternative housing proposals and local residents will be consulted when these proposals are further developed.

Completed developments

Hawkridge Court, Moulsecoomb

Thirty new council homes were completed on the site of a former housing office at Selsfield Drive in September 2020.

The building, which is constructed to high energy and water efficiency standards, includes solar PV at roof level and integrates a sustainable urban drainage system.

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 and New Homes committee in November 2018 and planning permission was granted in April 2019. The Buckley Close homes were completed in May 2020. 

Plumpton Road, Queens Park

In January 2017, Housing and New Homes and Policy, Resources and 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 2 3-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 2 blocks with one, 2 or 3 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.

Watch our film on the start of work at Hobby Place and our Welcome to Hobby Place film.

Kite Place, Whitehawk Road - 57 new council flats

The 2 blocks of 57 new council one, 2 and 3 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.

Watch our Welcome to Kite Place video.

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 to 70 homes) for the Inside Housing Development Awards 2018.

Lynchet Close, Hollingdean

Six new 4-bedroom council houses and 2 2-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 - 2 new council family wheelchair bungalows

The council rebuilt former temporary accommodation units in the grounds of 2 villas as 2 new 3-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 – 9 new council flats

The Robert Lodge South block of 9 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 – 4 new family council houses

Four new 3-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 – 4 new family council houses

Two 2-bedroom and 2 3-bedroom family houses on the 2 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 – 5 new council homes

Less than 11 months after work started on site, 3 one-bedroom flats, a 2-bedroom maisonette and a 2-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 – 6 new council flats

The 6 one and 2-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 2 ground floor flats have level access showers and are suitable for tenants with limited mobility.

Working with Robert Lodge Resident Association, a public artwork 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 ​– 4 new council houses.

Four 3-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, 7 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.