Blueprint for future of Brighton and Hove submitted to government for approval

Posted On 28 Jun 2013 at 12:54 am

A blueprint for the future of Brighton and Hove is being submitted to the government for approval today (Friday 28 June).

The City Plan sets out a framework to plan for homes and jobs in the area until 2030.

If it is approved after being examined in public by a planning inspector, it will give a clear indication about where homes, shops and offices can be built.

The plan was approved by Brighton and Hove City Council at a meeting of the full council on Thursday 31 January.

It supports a strategy of trying to encourage growth in the local economy and reinforce Brighton and Hove’s role as a sub-regional growth centre for jobs and services for the surrounding area.

The council said that its approach was to ensure the right balance of jobs and homes along with the infrastructure needed for a growing population.

It added that since 2010 the search for extra housing sites had been extended.

The council said that officials had looked at greenfield land and employment sites as potential sources of housing.

One of those greenfield sites – Toads Hole Valley – is expected to contribute 700 homes towards the council’s target of 11,300 new homes for Brighton and Hove.

The site – 47 acres of privately owned greenfield land by the A27 Brighton Bypass – is also intended to include a secondary school and good-quality office space.

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, chairman of the council’s Planning Committee, said: “This is an ambitious, robust and practical plan that will bring forward sustainable development and provide homes, jobs, schools and other facilities that our residents and businesses need.

“The plan aims to respond to difficult economic circumstances as well as setting out a clear framework for the city’s sustainable growth.

“We have had various objections to the plan from some developers and planning agents on some sites.

“However, where development undermines our ability to grow jobs and provide homes we’ll be robust in defending these sites.”

It is expected that an inspector from the Planning Inspectorate will examine Brighton and Hove’s City Plan in the autumn.

 

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