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Review of our Have Your Say Day – March 2017

The forum held a successful “Have Your Say” Day on Saturday 18th March at St Barnabas Church, Sackville Rd.  The public meeting was attended by a wide section of the community – over 120 attendees – who provided over 40 pages of valuable feedback to guide the creation of our Neighbourhood Plan. Subscribe now to ensure you are notified about … Read more

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Call for major improvements to Hove Station Footbridge

Architect David Kemp is among a number of local businesses and residents calling for more substantial work on the bridge which has fallen into “an appalling condition”. Mr Kemp drew up designs for an improved footbridge and the Neighbourhood Forum has collected hundreds of signatures calling for funding for a new bridge. The footbridge is the major north-south pedestrian link, but it is poorly maintained and the absence of lifts at either end render it unusable for wheelchair uses, totally inadequate for people with disabilities and grossly inconvenient for people with luggage, heavy shopping bags or prams.

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Come to our “Have Your Say” Day, Sat 18th March 2017

Come along to our “Have Your Say” Day : a public meeting, exhibition, discussion and as a special guest, there will be a presentation by Mountpark who will talk about their plans to redevelop part of the Sackville area. Saturday 18th March 11–3 pm St Barnabas Church, Sackville Rd corner with Coleridge St or Byron St See … Read more

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AGM  Thursday 9th March 2017

Annual General Meeting of the Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum Review of the past year Election of officers and other members Agenda Chair’s Presentation Minutes Ralli Hall, Denmark Villas 9th March 2017   7.30pm View minutes from our AGM and committee meetings  

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Important events in March 2017

We are holding two important public events in March 2017 our Annual General Meeting on Thu 9th March and our ‘Have Your Say Day’ on Sat 18th March 2017 Come along and find out more. Check out our newsletter for the details > Hope to see you there! Robert.

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. 

Before and after image of proposed redevelopment of industrial units, Ellen / Ethel St

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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Strategic Environmental Assessment Report (SEA)

Results of the assessment of the neighbourhood Plan against a set of sustainability objectives. The purpose is to avoid adverse environmental and socio-economic effects, and identify opportunities to improve the environmental quality of the area covered by the Neighbourhood Plan and the quality of life of residents. Prepared by AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Ltd … Read more

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Hyde Housing update September 2016

Redevelopment of the derelict factory on Newtown Road and the adjoining commercial units in Goldstone Lane has begun.  I took some photos, while visiting the site, when Hyde were starting the demolition: Hyde Housing had sealed off the site a few months earlier: In June 2016, I met with Dan Maitland, the Construction Project Manager of … Read more

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Have Your Say Day July 2016

We held another Have Your Say Day on Sunday 3rd July at Ralli Hall. Local residents had the chance to speak to forum members, council officers and fellow neighbours. Of course, the main point of discussion was the emerging Neighbourhood Plan. Questions were asked, including what the impact be of the proposed developments would be, including the look of the urban landscape, affordable homes, traffic etc.

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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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Statement of Community Engagement: Hove Gardens Development Proposals (HSNF-Matsim)

Statement of Community Engagement: Hove Gardens Development Proposals (HSNF-Matsim)

In 2015, HSNF met with the developer Matsim. This dialogue enabled us to comment on and influence the evolving proposals and to subsequently include a public exhibition of the draft proposals at our fourth Have Your Say Day on November 21st which had over 130 participants. The dialogue focused exclusively on the physical design aspects of the scheme and did not specifically address housing tenure and price. The issue of the proportion of affordable housing will be a key concern of the council and it is a major issue for the ongoing development of the Neighbourhood Plan which will be addressed at our fifth Have Your Say Day.

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Hove Station footbridge improvement petition February 2016

We’re asking everyone to sign the online petition “Hove Station footbridge improvement“.

​The Hove Station Bridge is continuing to deteriorate. It is unsightly and not effectively cleaned. The absence of lifts makes access to the station from the north side of the railway extremely difficult for people with disabilities and makes using the bridge difficult for people with young children and people carrying heavy luggage or shopping.   ​

​Members​ and supporters of ​the ​Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum and local residents urge the Brighton and Hove Council to ​:​

  • improve the standard of cleanliness of the footbridge
  • identify and implement any short term measures which will improve the appearance of the footbridge
  • establish the most appropriate longer term action needed – either major refurbishment or replacement with lift provision
  • secure funding from a combination public sector sources and the developer contributions generated by successive major redevelopment projects which will be starting in the vicinity of the bridge next year.

​We launched this petition at our Have Your Say event in November last year and now we are launching it on the 38degrees website.

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