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News - 26 June 2005

County Councils could do more on housing

A report by Brighton & Hove City Council has criticised East and West Sussex County Councils for not doing enough to provide affordable housing for the Sussex workforce.

The report challenges the two counties over their “lack of will” to address the problem of affordable homes, instead relying on Brighton & Hove’s enviable record on housing. It also challenges the two Councils on their record of providing new homes of any description.

The Structure Plan for East Sussex and Brighton & Hove required that the city build an average of 540 houses per annum between 1991 and 2006 and then 260 per annum between 2006 and 2011. In reality, Brighton & Hove far exceeded these figures actually building 20% above the target up to 2004.

The Brighton & Hove Local Plan asks for developers to deliver 40% affordable housing on all sites with 10 or more residential units. The Local Plan Inspector, who suggested that the government guideline of 25% should apply with 30% being permissible in exceptional circumstances, challenged this policy. The city council has decided to reject the Inspector’s recommendation – a stance that is supported by SEERA’s South East Plan (SEP), which proposes a 40% target across the region. The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP) has supported the 40% figure in its responses to the SEP and the Local Plan.


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