Over 130 new homes are to be built in Brighton & Hove, many aimed at people on the housing waiting list.
The council has approved two planning applications for the developments on brownfield sites – Caffyns former garage on Hove seafront and the old nurses’ homes off Pankhurst Avenue near Brighton racecourse.
At Caffyns there will be forty flats on four storeys in an art deco-style building. It will include 16 affordable homes for rent or shared ownership. A doctors’ surgery, commercial premises and parking will also be provided.
The council has also secured from developers £75,000 for improvements at Hove Lagoon and Wish Park , £78,000 for schools and £34,000 for transport.
Ninety five flats will be built in three blocks at Pankhurst Avenue. Of these 80% will be affordable, either shared ownership or for rent. Last year an application for 95 flats on the site was turned down for its impact on surrounding views, poor design and layout and lack of recreation space.
In the new development, ground-floor flats will all have private gardens and a community centre will be provided. As part of a planning agreement the council will require £135,000 for local education, £55,000 for public art, £26,000 for recreation facilities and £6,000 for transport.
In both developments Southern Housing Group would manage the affordable homes.
Planning committee chairman Cllr Lynda Hyde said, “This demonstrates the council’s support for housing development of the right type on the right sites. On both sites unacceptable applications had previously been turned down. By sticking to our guns we have secured much better homes for the city.”
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