10 June 2016

Homes gain from planning decision

Two Victorian villas in Brighton once used as social services premises will be turned into 28 much-needed homes, thanks to new planning permission just granted.

Proposals by the Southern Housing Group will see the two buildings converted into flats, a two-storey link building demolished and replaced with three storeys, plus a terrace of six two-storey homes within the grounds.

Forty per cent of the homes would be affordable properties aimed at local people on the waiting list.

Permission was granted by the planning committee yesterday (June 8 2016) for 251-253 Preston Road.  Plans for the property, which forms part of the Preston Park Conservation Area, include comprehensive landscaping, plus retention of an historic flint wall.

Chair of the planning committee Cllr Julie Cattell said: “This site will help deliver the homes, particularly those that are affordable, that are a priority for the city. Developers worked with planners to create a scheme which makes good use of scarce available space while also  improving the appearance of the area.”

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