In the DA6 part of the Neighbourhood Plan area, building heights will generally be limited to six storeys, with the following exceptions:
To the north of the railway taller buildings may be acceptable in locations that allow them to act as Hove Station Quarter landmarks and aid way finding. Potential locations include the junctions of Old Shoreham Road/Newtown Road and the south eastern part of the area closest to the railway.
Any redevelopment of the Goldstone Retail Park might include a higher building at the north eastern corner as long as there is visual permeability of the site when viewed from Hove Park.
To the south of the railway buildings, development should take advantage of the lower topography by bringing forward taller buildings at occasional points within the area, as long as they are designed in such a way as to collectively minimise overshadowing and enable for good visual permeability north-south.
In the area outside DA6 new developments are expected to reflect the prevailing heights of surrounding buildings
Reason: The Hove Station area has long been identified as one of the best nodes in the city for intensification through tall buildings. The Forum believes that this challenge should be welcome as an opportunity to create an exciting new high-rise townscape. The Forum does accept that the tests of SPG 15 need to be applied, however this should not be used as a carte blanche to resist high buildings per se.
The Forum was gratified to note that the high buildings proposal of the approved Hove Gardens scheme (1-3 Ellen Street), which includes a peak at 17 storeys, was well supported by the local community, by Hove Civic Society, Regency Society and the Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum, which demonstrates that high building, provided they are well designed, can carry substantial local support.
Outside the DA6 area the neighbourhood is primarily made up of mid to late Victorian properties of high density of 2 – 4 storey height and new developments need to conform to those heights in order to retain the integrity of the local townscape.
(Relationship to the City Plan: Policy CP12, page 188, sets out general expectations on heights of buildings. Hove Station area is one of those where buildings higher than 6 storeys (18m) are acceptable).
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