Draft 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.


Designs should make good use of land and create high quality, well landscaped spaces. Strong emphasis should also be placed on the design of the street environment to achieve a high-quality public realm, capable of being used in a variety of ways, with a strong emphasis on planting. As part of the design of new schemes significant numbers of trees including street trees need to be provided. 

Development proposals within the DA6 part of the Neighbourhood Plan area should provide opportunities to bring nature into the city by substantially increasing the amount of green space in the area (horizontally and vertically). Developers should seek opportunities to create new pedestrian and cycle links as green corridors through the area, including linking up pocket parks and other open space. 

Hove tree-paving guide

Developers will be expected to plant and fund planting of trees, including street trees on site and within the neighbourhood plan area at the rate of 1 street tree per residential dwelling or 1 per 100m2 of non-residential floor space. Planting needs to be planned from the outset of a design to ensure sufficient space is allocated to trees. As an alternative to street tree planting developers may provide equivalent vertical or horizontal greening up solutions. Developers will be expected to provide a plan for the maintenance of such greening up and tree planting.

Where larger developments are proposed consideration should be given for architectural solutions to break up the bulk and add visual interest to developments.

Development will be expected to provide public landscaped areas to provide for play and breakout both north and south of the railway. This provision should take the form of pocket parks at each end of Conway Street as well as in the Sackville Trading Estate area on redevelopment. Potential locations are indicated on Figure 6 (p.43) in the Neighbourhood Plan.

before-after comparisons - Conway street pedestrianised

Taller development needs to ensure a high level of amenity and visual and environmental interest at street level to help contribute to the vibrancy and overall attractiveness of the Hove Station Quarter.

Development should ‘front’ the street, in order to create active frontages, greater natural surveillance and enhanced safety. In the DA6 area, the provision of greater permeability through the creation of new routes should allow for this to happen. Buildings which ‘back onto’ the street will not be considered acceptable


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