Business bosses have written to Brighton and Hove City Council in support of plans by the Hyde housing association to build a block of 98 flats on Hove seafront.
The letter to planners from the Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership emphasises the need for new homes, the jobs that will be created by the project during construction and afterwards and the wider benefits to the local economy.
The letter, sent by the Economic Partnership chairman Dean Orgill on behalf of his colleagues, said: “On behalf of Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, I write to support the planning application for the 98 new residential units proposed at 189 Kingsway, Hove, by the Hyde Group.
“Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership works closely with a range of stakeholders, including Hyde, to ensure that the city is able to meet its growing housing needs, in line with the emerging City Plan.
“The Partnership is also mindful of the need to continue enhancing our seafront estate for the benefit of future generations.
“The Partnership is very conscious of the need for new homes, and especially affordable homes, as set out in the Brighton and Hove City Plan Part One, which identifies a minimum housing target of 13,120 new homes by 2030 (656 per annum).
“We are equally conscious that the objectively assessed housing need published by GL Hearn in June 2015 identified the need for Brighton and Hove to be equivalent to 30,120 homes over the 2010 to 2030 period (1,506 homes per year).
“The Economic Partnership has reviewed the independent Socio-Economic Impact report submitted as part of the application and believe the proposals will provide the following benefits to the area and sub-regional economy
- The estimated £25 million construction investment which will create a minimum of 45 local construction FTE (full-time equivalent) jobs and 68 FTE jobs in the wider economy based on a National Housing Federation published 1.51 multiplier
- The estimated £1.4 million annual economic impact to the local economy which will create an additional 18 FTE jobs in the local economy
- The estimated £726,000 of new local resident spending in local shops and businesses, directly benefiting the vitality of Hove seafront and
- The estimated figure of £196,000 per annum of new council tax receipts and New Homes Bonus to help deliver local council services
“We are also supportive of Hyde’s commitment to local skills and training. As such, we welcome their proposals for an on-site skills centre supporting apprenticeships, providing training and skills opportunities for people wanting to work in construction.
“The Economic Partnership understands that the Hyde Group plans to exceed the local employment scheme target of 20 per cent local labour and has set itself a target to achieve a minimum of 50 per cent local labour on the project. This is both encouraged and supported by the Partnership.
“The Economic Partnership welcomes the proposal for an affordable housing commuted sum, provided that the new affordable homes are delivered offsite quickly and in particular within the timeframe of the completion of the 189 Kingsway development.
“In addition, within the wider affordable housing proposal, the Economic Partnership would be keen to see the maximum range of affordable housing allowed within Section CP20 of the City Plan Part One, subject of course to financial viability.
“In accordance with the council’s Seafront Strategy and Seafront Investment Programme, it is important to attract inward investment into our seafront, which assists in enhancing the city’s capacity and propensity to attract and house more economic activity.
“To conclude, this proposed development attracts the Economic Partnership’s support due to the proposed economic benefits, the prospect of gaining a significant contribution to the provision of new homes and subject to the abovementioned points, the maximum supply affordable housing, offered by this application.”