Planning forum prepares to update neighbours on progress in Hove station area

Posted On 06 Jul 2018 at 2:41 pm

Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum is holding its next public Have Your Say Day tomorrow (Saturday 7 July) shortly before England’s World Cup quarter-final match with Sweden.

The event is taking place at the Honeycroft Centre, in Sackville Road, Hove, and offers an opportunity to hear about the community-led neighbourhood plan, ask questions and give feedback.

The forum’s vision is to knit together the big development projects to create a new Hove Station Quarter with up to 1,200 new homes.

The vision also includes office space, commercial premises and improved community facilities funded by developers.

At 2pm neighbourhood plan co-ordinator Mike Gibson will outline the key proposals in the draft, with the current iteration due to be on display.

Those attending can look forward to learning the timetable for winning approval for the plan – the goal is early next year – with Brighton and Hove City a Council expected to hold a neighbourhood referendum.

Mountpark and Moda will present revised proposals for 500 flats on the site of the old Sackville Trading Estate and former coal yard. A planning application is due to be submitted later this year.

KAP Motor Group will present its plans to redevelop of the Peugeot dealership site in Newtown Road.

The KAP application is expected to include both medium and high-rise housing blocks with a café overlooking a “pocket park” and should be submitted soon. A public consultation took place in May.

Matsim has appealed against the council’s refusal of its Hove Gardens project for 188 apartments in Conway Street and Ellen Street but may abandon the scheme and just upgrade the former Furniture Village warehouse. The Furniture Village store in Old Shoreham Road is separate, unaffected and still trading.

The council’s head of planning Liz Hobden and fellow planning officers will explain the master plan project for the Conway Street area for which they have recently received a £77,000 government grant.

This is due to be completed next spring and is expected to help to implement the neighbourhood plan policies and projects.

For more information about the Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum and how to get involved, click here.

For more articles by freelance journalist Roz Scott, click here.

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