Twelve affordable homes to be built in Brighton’s ‘graffiti alley’

Posted On 03 Nov 2016 at 3:08 am

Twelve “affordable” homes are to be built in Brighton’s ‘graffiti alley’ if the scheme is granted planning permission at a meeting next week.

The 12 homes will be built on three vacant brownfield plots, currently used for car parking, in Kensington Street, Brighton. Each of the car parks has been filled with graffiti art – with permission.

Brighton and Hove City Council officials came up with the housing plans as part of the New Homes for Neighbourhoods programme.

The council hopes to build hundreds of homes through the programme which has a £34 million capital budget this year and next year.

Kensington Street

Kensington Street


In Kensington Street, the council said: “The (planning) application relates to all three vacant gap sites along the western side of Kensington Street which are currently used for car parking.

“These sites originally accommodated historic terraced properties which were demolished in the mid 1980s.

“The gap sites are all now heavily graffitied.

“The application proposes to redevelop the three sites for housing and would in total provide 12 residential units.”

Aroe MSK's Run DMC mural in Kensington Street by Joe Innit on Flickr

Aroe MSK’s Run DMC mural in Kensington Street by Joe Innit on Flickr


The council wants to build a two-bedroom house and three two-bedroom flats, two one-bedroom houses and six one-bedroom flats.

The application is due to be decided next Wednesday (9 November) by the council’s Planning Committee. The meetings, at Hove Town Hall, are open to the public.

  1. Valerie Paynter Reply

    Just how bijou will the rooms be? How badly will the windows we can see here in the photo of the site be impacted by blocked light? Will the Planning Committee care enough to REALLY look at that?

    There is a National Space Standard of sorts, believe it or not.

    • Stan Reid Reply

      The standards are guide lines not legislation, sadly

  2. Alex Reply

    “Two one-bedroom houses”? That’s can’t be effective use of space…Who lives a one-bedroom house?

    • Jennie Reply

      divorced people?

  3. sd Reply

    Good. We need far more affordable homes. More please, B&HCC! Be creative. How about converting empty shops/office spaces into some kind of shelter for homeless people? There’s no need for people to freeze on our streets this winter.

  4. Carla Reply

    My concern would be the blockage of light for those who are behind the buildings! And I don’t see any point of building houses when their won’t be any space for a garden. Maybe rethink and just build a few flats and try and save some light for those who are behind okay

    • Rolivan Reply

      So if your concern proved right nothing would grow in the garden.

  5. Daniel Harris Reply

    Why not have one bedroom houses, some people with mental health needs require space, not a pokey studio flat. ?

    I quite like this area, it makes Brighton unique, This is art for many, we have other locations in the city mind.

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