Our sixth public Have Your Say Day will take place on Saturday 17th February, at the Honeycroft Centre, Sackville Road (see map below). Come along any time between 11:30 am and 3 pm – to provide feedback on the latest Draft Neighbourhood Plan. including proposed community hubs. There will be a brief talks at lunchtime-ish.
The Forum’s ‘big idea’ is that regeneration should not be a piecemeal collection of unconnected developments. Rather, within the framework of a Neighbourhood Plan, it should deliver a new Hove Station Quarter – a linked and integrated series of mixed-use housing and commercial developments – the whole would be greater than the sum of the parts.
This will be a long term process but redevelopment has really got off the ground with Hyde Housing Association’s ‘New Wave’ development of 65 new homes on Newtown Road. But of the 26 ‘affordable units’ only 8 are ‘affordable rent’ (and that is 80% of full market rent) – the rest are shared ownership. Next year the apartments will sell for £350k plus and the town houses for £575k!
Much larger schemes are in the pipeline. Matsim’s redevelopment of the former Furniture Village Warehouse in Conway Street was rejected by the Council last June but this might well re-surface next year. Mountpark will soon be submitting a redevelopment project for the Sackville Trading Estate and the former coal yard. How affordable will the 500 plus homes be ? What will be the mix of housing, commercial, cultural and recreational facilities?
The Neighbourhoood Plan is an opportunity for local people to influence regeneration. Membership of the Forum is free and all those working on the Plan are volunteers. But it costs money to hire rooms, buy exhibition materials, pay for leaflets etc. So we are launching a fundraising project and contributions from members would be very welcome to help us finish the job in 2018.