New affordable homes for central Brighton

Thirty-four new homes will be built  in Buckingham Road, Brighton, following approval by Brighton & Hove’s planning committee on 15 August.

There will be 44% affordable housing provision on the site, more than the local planning requirement, which means that 14 homes will be available for low cost rent or shared ownership. Two of the properties will be suitable for wheelchair users.

Twenty homes, all with balconies, will be built in a five-storey building at 80 Buckingham Road. The 1970s building, used by the council until 2015, will be partially demolished. Conversion of former Victorian townhouses at 76-79 Buckingham Road will provide 14 affordable units. 

Councillor Julie Cattell, chair of the city’s planning committee, said: “This is a good use of a site to provide new quality homes for people in the city. The redesign of 80 Buckingham Road will create a modern, well-designed building that fits well with the traditional Victorian townhouses and surrounding area.”

There will be five one bedroom, 14 two bedroom and one three bedroom flats with a shared courtyard at 80 Buckingham Road and 12 affordable two bedroom and two affordable one bedroom homes at 76-79 Buckingham Road, with access to private rear gardens for the ground-floor flats.

The development also includes 64square metres of community space with a 'shop window' frontage onto the junction of Buckingham Street and Upper Gloucester Road.

Developers are contributing more than £97,000 for open space in the area, nearly £30,000 for secondary education and £16,500 for sustainable transport.