What is a Design Code?

A design code provides detailed design guidance for a site or area; they prescribe design requirements (or ‘rules’) that new development within the specified site or area should follow. They can include requirements for built form (e.g. setting out a range of building types and how buildings should interact with the street), landscape, open space, … Read more

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The Plan (Pt.1 Policies)

Here you will find the Hove Station Neighbourhood Plan (HSNP) documents. Part One will be subject to referendum. Our Plan covers the same period as the BHCC City Plan (up to 2030). It develops and elaborates further the strategic framework established by the City Plan for the future development of the Designated Area and will sit alongside the City Plan as the statutory plan for the area. The Neighbourhood Plan is seen by the Forum as providing the policy context for the Hove Station Area Master Plan for the area.

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Forum’s objection to KAP Planning application BH2018/03356

The Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum supports the principle of a mixed-use redevelopment of the KAP site, but OBJECTS to this application, on the grounds of OVER-DEVELOPMENT, which includes unacceptably high 8 and 11 storey blocks, and very limited provision of ‘affordable’ housing, However, the project includes many of the features of an appropriate mixed use development which should be included in a revised submission.

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Sackville Conway Community Hub CH2

Do you want to improve the public realm in front of the Honeycroft centre, create a pocket park near north of St Barnabas Hall or plot footpaths from Poets Corner to Hove Station? Yes? The Sackville Road – Conway Street Community Hub Group needs you! All these organisations and enterprises operate in a run-down environment, yet they provide … Read more

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Community Hub CH3 – Improvements to Portland Rd

Portland Road is one of the city’s local centres and provides a wide range of retail and commercial services within walking distance of the dense terraced housing. With all the new development in the area, there is clearly a need for traffic management; and scope for improving the busy and important group of shops, offices and … Read more

Help us to Develop Community Hubs in Hove

Help us to Develop Community Hubs in Hove

It is proposed that the Neighbourhood Plan will include a policy for the development of Community Hubs and some sketch schemes to show how these locations can be improved. Several Community Hub Improvement Groups have been meeting to share ideas, develop these schemes and negotiate with developers as they prepare their planning applications to agree public benefit improvements. If you’d like to get involved in these neighbourhood improvement schemes, please visit our next Have Your Say Day or send us an email.

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Hyde Housing update Aug 2017

The Hyde Group of developers have published a video and website about the development in Newtown Road/Goldstone Lane – now known as New Wave Hove. Construction is expected by August 2018. › 59 Flats › 6 Houses › Outright sale: 39 › Shared ownership: 18 › 8 affordable rent units › B1 Office space › Below … Read more

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Mountpark’s proposed design for regeneration of Sackville trading estate

Developer Mountpark’s initial proposals for high-density employment, retail and 600 new homes are still at the design stage and are part of a bigger regeneration initiative. The area covered stretches from the Sackville Estate and the old coal yard north of Hove Station to Newtown Road and Goldstone Lane where work by the Hyde Group is … Read more

Forum supports Hove Gardens Planning application BH2016/02663

Forum supports Hove Gardens Planning application BH2016/02663

Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum strongly supports this application, subject to the resolution of significant concerns, particularly regarding the provision of public realm improvements.

The Forum strongly supports the very high quality design of the proposed scheme, which will deliver 2000sqm of the Conway Street Strategic Allocation target of 12,000 sqm employment space and 188 of the 200 residential units.  Early in our work in 2014 we used some of our small government grant to commission a ‘think piece’, – a desk based project – to provide us with evidence of best practice in the design of high density urban residential environments. This identified the increasing application, in the UK and abroad, of the principles of ‘parcellisation’ to provide diversity and variety of design in contrast to the uniform  ‘estate style’ design of much modern housing development

Hence the Forum fully supports the Hove Garden variety of heights, shapes and building materials which provide an imaginative 21st century urban design – an appropriate contrast to the repetitive uniformity of the adjacent mid-20thcentury Clarendon Estate 10 storey blocks which are now being renovated by BHCC. The contrast between the two will contribute to what the emerging NP envisages as the diversity and inclusiveness of the new Hove Station Quarter. 

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The mix of uses and very high density fully realize the potential of this key site, given its location immediately adjacent to the Station, the frequency of the bus services in Goldstone Villas , the taxi rank and the potential for improving conditions for cyclists.

The complexity and intensity of the design will deliver a high quality urban environment on the key site in the Conway Street Strategic Allocation, which will trigger the transformation of the long run-down Development Area 6 into the Hove Station Quarter. 

The City Plan SPG 15 on tall building identifies the area adjacent to Hove Station as a node for taller developments of 8-15 storeys.  The Second Draft Neighbourhood Plan (Policy 18.iv) states a preference for buildings of 8-15 storeys  ‘ …. to peak at around 15 storeys or above’.  

This proposal peaks at 17 storeys.  However, it will provide a single ‘beacon building’ – a strong visual signifier of the proposed Hove Station Quarter. Such a tall signature building is a vital component of the place-making which the NP is seeking to promote. It is virtually adjacent to the Station and therefore visually defines the location of the sustainable transport hub – the core of the proposed Hove Station Quarter.

We are aware that a minority of residents are concerned about the potential impact of high buildings. But the evidence of our substantial community engagement work to date is that there is no groundswell of public opposition to a single very tall building, Moreover, the final Neighbourhood Plan for DA6 will make it clear that this height does not set a precedent for the rest of the redevelopment of the Conway Strategic Allocation and the rest of the DA6 South of the Railway as identified in the emerging NP. 

Overall, we believe that the application meets the DA6 policy requirement for a high quality design which will deliver an  ‘attractive and sustainable mixed use area’.

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Concepts & Options

Aspirations > Outstanding Questions

There are three major developments happening or about to happen in the Hove Station area. This is the result of top-down planning by the city council. In response to this, the Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum have produced ‘The Hove Station Quarter Concept Plan and Options Study’ (ideas for a Master Plan). This features a wide range of community-led proposals – including public squares, bridge, footways and a possible school site – in order to support and accommodate this development. This work was led by residents including town planning experts and architects. It was funded by DCLG and prepared by urban design specialists AECOM. This is an evolving plan and we are seeking feedback from the local community. Please see the questions below.

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