New homes, office space and shops approved on former dairy site

A disused dairy will be transformed into a new mixed-used development following approval by the city’s planning committee.

The former Dairy Crest depot in The Droveway, Hove, will be redeveloped to provide offices, retail space and 14 homes, four of which will be at low cost for local people.

All of the proposed housing is for family homes. Half of the houses will be three-bedroom, with affordable housing of one and two-bedroom houses.

Historic features

Councillor Tracey Hill, chair of the city’s planning committee, said: “This development shows how you can keep historic features in a modern development. It’s great to see that this site will be brought back into long-term use and create homes and jobs for the residents of today. Even though the housing part of the development is small, there will still be four low cost homes included in the scheme.”

Since they were built in the 19th century the single-storey barn-style buildings with their flint walls have become a popular local feature. The most significant heritage elements of the site will be kept, with some of the original buildings restored and converted to provide the new spaces, while the 20th century additions will be demolished with new buildings that are more in keeping.

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In addition the scheme will provide nearly £60,000 for open space and recreation facilities in the local area, including £1,700 for improvements to Weald allotments and a further £52,000 for education.

The site has not been used as a dairy since it was put up for sale in 2016.

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