12 October 2017

Church and pub make way for almost 60 homes

Almost 60 homes could be built on two brownfield sites in Brighton & Hove, replacing a pub and a church.

The city council’s planning committee last night (October 11 2017) approved demolition of the Downsman pub in Hangleton Way. Permission allows  33 homes on the site - 10 terraced houses and a block of 23 flats.  It would include a community space intended to offset loss of the pub, listed as an Asset of Community Value. Thirteen of the homes would be affordable properties aimed at local people in housing need. The pub opened in 1956 and closed in 2014.

Under a planning agreement with the council, developers will pay £94,000 for recreation and open space, £43,000 for local secondary and sixth-form education, £35,000 for sustainable transport and £11,000 for local employment.

In Montpelier Place, Brighton, the committee gave permission for a former Baptist Church, built in 1967, to be knocked down and replaced with 24 homes. Permission allows building of five four-storey houses a five-storey block of 14 flats, plus a three-storey block containing five flats.  Five of the homes would be affordable units aimed at local people in housing need.

Developers will pay £74,000 for local recreation and open spaces, £68,000 for education, £16,000 for sustainable transport and £8,000 for employment schemes.

Last month the city council approved around 200 new homes on two sites on the city’s fringe – forty per cent of them affordable homes aimed at locals in housing need..

Planning committee chair Cllr Julie Cattell said: “We desperately need homes. The city council is approving many schemes, improving them in discussion with developers and doing all we can to meet our 40 per cent affordable target each time.”

How the new homes in Montpelier Place could look