Revised plans approved for former dairy

Changes to plans for homes on the site of a disused dairy in Hove have won praise from councillors.

The proposed houses at the former Dairy Crest depot in The Droveway were given planning permission in January.

But a new application included changes to the scheme which took on board earlier criticisms.

Members of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Planning Committee praised the changes to the design of a terrace of 10 houses at the northern end of the plot.

Originally the terraced homes had garages, with living space on the first floor.

In the new scheme parking is in front of the homes, with bedrooms on the first floor.

Conservative councillor Joe Miller said: “This is a vast improvement on what came last time. I am pleased that they found more space for car parking.”

The dairy has been empty since 2016 and will be converted into offices and four homes, with the new terrace of 10 houses being built at the northern end.

A new central wing will be built into the courtyard and a pedestrian access cut into the flint wall.

The modern covered courtyard will be demolished and the historic flint barn, which appears on maps dating from the 19th century, will remain.

Four “affordable homes” are included in the application, with two for rent and two for shared ownership.

After the changes were approved, Councillor Tracey Hill, who chairs the Planning Committee, said: “This development shows how you can keep historic features in a modern development.

“It’s great to see that this site will be brought back into long-term use and create homes and jobs for the residents of today.

“Even though the housing part of the development is small, there will still be four low-cost homes included in the scheme.”

The old dairy in The Droveway

The developer, Sirus Taghan, of Redbull Properties, will be required to pay £52,000 towards education, probably at Blatchington Mill and Hove Park schools, £59,000 towards open spaces and £20,000 towards local employment and training.

And a £35,000 developer contribution will be used for transport infrastructure changes, including access in Mallory Road.

  1. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    An interesting aspect is that the contributions have to be paid by October otherwise the Permission will not go ahead. Meanwhile, it is good that the wall beside the Droveway stays (unlike the one which was in front of what is now Tesco on Church Road).

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