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News - 12 July 2016

Construction Voice: City Plan Part 2 - aspirational and achievable?

If there’s one thing that unites the residents of our city, it’s caring about the future of Brighton and Hove.

What that future – and our city – may look like is possibly a little less united, with hundreds if not thousands of different ideas, opinions, hopes, designs and ambitions.  

Much of that future, in terms of the built environment, lies with Brighton and Hove City Council, who have to listen to those myriad opinions and try to shape a strategy that takes account of competing needs and desires. They have to think about the need for housing but balance it with the shortage of workspaces, or the ambitions of our two universities to grow and expand balanced with the general populations ambivalent (at best) views on living cheek by jowl with yet more students. 

The latest Construction Voice event (organised jointly by The Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce and event partners Haydon Consulting, Graves Jenkins and Robinson Low Francis) played host to the unveiling by the City Council of City Plan Part 2 – the latest part of a major document that will map out the future city and the city’s future up to 2030 and possibly beyond.

Part 2 will involve some of the hardest decisions for the council and all local stakeholders as this part of the plan looks at site allocations and development management policies, i.e. determining what gets built – and where. For example, we’ve got to find space for 13,200 new homes in the city and spaces for the additional residents to work and study.

A key discussion topic at the event was whether the plan would deliver the amount of workspace to meet the requirements of a growing economy and identify sufficient land for this purpose. If not, both employers and workers would be obliged to leave the city as they grew. We asked whether land owned by the council could be better used and utilised and whether there should be a bid to make coordinated and strategic use of all public assets in the city region. 

For the full summary see

Edited from longer article by the chair Steve Bustin.

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