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Policy 10: Design & Public Realm

One of a range of policies dealing with aspects of new development, including heights, access, street level design and landscaping. These policies aim to transform run down brownfield sites almost totally devoid of greenery into modern urban neighbourhoods, characterised by green public open space trees.

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The Plan (Pt. 2 Aspirations)

Neighbourhood Plan Part Two is a cohesive plan of what we want to happen ‘on the ground’. It is an advocacy/bidding document which the Forum and other neighbourhood groups will be able to use – alongside Part One (the statutory NP) – to attract both public and private investment in the area which will deliver public benefit and help the move towards … Read more

How is the Plan being prepared, what are the rules?

Neighbourhood planning can be kept very simple. It is the community’s plan and needs only to deal with the planning issues that matter to us. See the simple guide to writing planning policies ➔. The Forum has to follow a series of key stages and abide by the following laws (or Basic Conditions): must be … 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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Movement & Connectivity Policies

New development means more traffic pressure. The road network around Hove Station needs to be improved. We need to balance the flow of additional traffic with the needs of local residents and businesses. What do you think of our policies? Send us an email or post your comments below…

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New Waste & Minerals Site Plan adopted (February 2017)

The council’s plans for a new Waste & Minerals Site have been adopted (February 2017). They have allocated a nearby site at Sussex House Industrial Area and noted the following:

“Sackville Road and part of Old Shoreham Road, which are in close proximity to the site, are part of the Brighton, Portslade and Rottingdean 2013 AQMA. Waste management uses may not have a materially different effect on the AQMA compared to other industrial uses. However, proposals should consider the potential for issues relating to air quality, including those relating East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton & Hove Waste and Minerals Sites Plan – Schedule of Suitable Industrial Estates (Adopted February 2017) to vehicle movements, which may affect air quality. Operators may also wish to consider entering into routing agreements. Where appropriate, suitable mitigation should be provided.”

Read the council’s full site plan: http://consult.eastsussex.gov.uk/

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Our petition against the council’s waste management site

Brighton & Hove City Council have proposed allocating the Coal Yard site as a waste management site. Both Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum and the owners of the site objected to this proposal and organised a petition. The petition had about 700 signatures (on paper or online) and was delivered to the council on 6th January … Read more

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The Issues

Planning Problems:

The local population is growing much faster than regional and national averages. Our members tell us housing provision is a major issue. The lack of health services and school places also needs to be addressed. Furthermore, the area is severed by a railway line with poor crossings between north and south.

We want to avoid uncoordinated, piecemeal, project-by-project redevelopment that would exacerbate problems with parking and congestion. We want development that does not clash with the conservation areas and heritage architecture (Poet’s Corner, etc).

Planning solutions:

Brighton & Hove City Council has big plans to develop the neglected area around Hove Station (DA6). In response, local residents and businesses have identified several planning issues and development opportunities (see image gallery for examples) and we are writing a Neighbourhood Plan to influence this development. 

There are development opportunities for improving existing dwellings, streetscape, public realm and energy efficiency. We’re running a number ‘Have Your Say’ events and local neighbourhood projects to improve the area in the short term. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved.  Further reading: Our vision | Our objectives.

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Low Carbon Neighbourhoods – Energy Plan

BHESCo worked with the Hove Station sustainability group to develop an Energy plan for the Neighbourhoods within the designated area.

Ollie Pendered, ex-Communications and Communities Director at BHESCo has previously developed an Energy Plan and programme of initiatives in Barcombe in East Sussex. He has worked with Brighton & Hove housing sustainability team to develop energy efficiency campaigns across the city. Earlier this year he managed a £250k fuel poverty project Called Your Warm Home on behalf of the City Council and Department of Energy and Climate Change. He is a member of the Consultation Institute where he is part of their Roundtable on Neighbourhood Planning and is an advocate of low carbon energy plans.

Q: Why does Hove Station need an energy plan?

Developing a low carbon energy plan and offering initiatives to help people make their homes energy efficient will:

  • Improve residents living conditions
  • Save money on ever rising energy bills
  • Help residents become healthier and be warmer at home


Q: How is an energy plan structured?

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Hove Station Area – Visual Surveys

In 2016, students from The University of Brighton surveyed Hove Station and surrounding areas – revealing interesting insights  – to inform our neighbourhood plan. Click below to download the full reports in PDF Format (caution: large file sizes). Survey 1: This report is a study of  Hove Stati?on, it uses this small area to look … Read more

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‘Have Your Say’ Day 2013 – Resident Feedback

On 16th February 2013 the Forum held its first ‘Have Your Say’ day at the Honeycroft Centre on Sackville Road. The event was held to share information with the local community on the development plans for the area and explain how a Neighbourhood Forum can influence local planning decisions. We gathered incredibly valuable community feedback at the event (see the data below). 57 residents completed a questionnaire.  45 of those residents provided their name and contact details, signing up to participate in or be kept up-to-date on the Forum’s activities.

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