Plans for homes on Whitehawk Hill scrapped

Whitehawk Protest at Hove Town Hall
Whitehawk Protest at Hove Town Hall

A scheme to build hundreds of low-cost homes for working families on one site in Brighton has been scrapped.

The plans by Homes for Brighton and Hove – the joint venture between Brighton and Hove City Council and the housing association Hyde – had met with protests.

Opponents said that the Whitehawk Hill site should not be used because it is part of a nature reserve.

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Some had also spoken about the pressure on parking in the area at the top end of Whitehawk.

Council leader Daniel Yates signalled the demise of the scheme at a meeting of the council’s Policy, Resources and Growth Committee at Hove Town Hall this afternoon (Thursday 24 January).

He said: “A number of complexities have come up with the Whitehawk Hill urban fringe site, including technical issues that impact on the financial viability of the proposed development.

“In view of these issues it is my intention to ask the Homes for Brighton and Hove board to consider removing the development of the Whitehawk Hill site from its proposals.

“Any final decision on this site will come back to a future Policy, Resources and Growth Committee.”

The council and Hyde had intended to build 217 homes next to the blocks of flats in Swanborough Place and Lodsworth Court on a patch of overgrown brambles.

Plans are to be considered later this year for two other projects put forward by the joint venture – in Coldean and Portslade.

By Frank Le Duc, Local Democracy Reporting Service.