Plans for housing blocks with hundreds of homes in Hove

Moda Sackville Estate Master Plan
Moda Sackville Estate Master Plan

Hundreds of flats for rent are expected to be approved for Hove.

Plans to build a range of housing blocks up to 15 storeys high, a retirement village, office space, shops and a health centre at Sackville Trading Estate in Poynter Road are recommended for approval when they go before Brighton and Hove City Council planning committee on Wednesday July 10.

Developer MODA Living specialises in building for private rent and is working in partnership with the site’s owner Coal Pension Properties Ltd.

The 581 build to rent flats are a mix of 114 studios, 203 one-bedroom, 241 two-bedroom and 33 three-bedroom flats.

There are also ten live/work units proposed for the site.

The retirement village, referred to as a care community is a mix of 29 one bedroom and 231 two-bedroom homes with communal facilities.

As well as homes 3,899 square metres of flexible office space, 671 square metres for retail plus a multi-functional health and wellbeing centre taking up 946 square metres is planned.

There are 186 objections to the plans and 16 comments of support on Brighton and Hove City Council’s website.

Neighbours’ objections

Concerns raised by people in the area include the height of the proposed buildings, the small size of the flats and the impact of more traffic on the already congested Sackville Road.

One commenter on the city council’s website, whose details are redacted said: “It’s insane. An out of town development I saw in Cheshire when I lived there had 600 houses for which they added a dual carriageway for access – NOT A SINGLE ACCESS on to an already gridlocked city street.

“This is insane – make it smaller, get two accesses (use compulsory purchase on one of the businesses behind to access Newtown Rd, and reduce the number of parking spaces.”

Another neighbour wrote: “The only entrance into the proposed development is from Sackville Road, which is already overused, busy and dangerous.

“Works traffic using only this entrance will make the situation worse in relation to safety, traffic and pollution in an already heavily populated area.

“The current road system, which has been upgraded recently, will not be fit for purpose.”

In the report going before councillors the authority’s transport team says it is satisfied with a comparison between traffic at a fully occupied trading estate and the would result in a reduced number of vehicles on site.

Officers said: “Overall the proposal is considered to result in a reduced number of vehicular trips in comparison to the fully occupied site whilst there would be a significant increase in trips by sustainable modes (pedestrians / cyclists / public transport).”

A resident in the Artist Corner area, which covers Leighton Road, Frith Road, Pointer Road, Princep Road, and Sackville Road said: “What is proposed is too large for the size of the site and too intensive.

“Key issues about its impact have not been considered and provided for in the plans as currently set out by the developers. Especially parking and road safety.

“Parking in the Artist Corner area is already at a premium, with many residents frequently unable to park near their houses in the evening.

“The certainty of over-flow of cars from this very intensive development will have a significant impact on current residents, many of whom have small children.”

There are 289 spaces is proposed on the site with 74 for the retirement village, nine for the shops and community spaces, four for the health centre, 45 for the offices and 157 for residents.

Support

Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum, Hove Civic Society and Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership are all for the scheme.

In its letter the station forum said: “The forum welcomes the mixed use approach which combines 581 new build to rent homes and 260 extra care homes with accommodation for 480 jobs and a range of community facilities.

“MODA responded creatively to the forum’s view that there should be maximum public access to the community facilities and high quality public realm (including play spaces and squares which are not gated) which would benefit residents in adjacent neighbourhoods.”

The forum praised MODA for engaging with the community during its consultation phase.

It had also asked for a higher proportion of affordable homes after MODA originally offered eight per cent. This has since increased to ten per cent of homes for rent at 75 per cent of market rates.

The Hove Civic Society also welcomed the scheme.

It said: “The committee welcomes the proposed build to rent housing and older persons’ accommodation, that will meet an important housing need for th city.

“The committee also believes that the proposed employment uses including the work live units will be a major local asset.”

Should councillor grant planning permission all homes must be kept as built to rent for at least 15 years.

Ten per cent of the housing, nine studios, 20 one-bedroom, 26 two-bedroom and three, three-bedroom flats would be rented at 75 per cent of market rates.

A developer contribution of £456,550 towards sustainable transport for a wide range of improvements and services in the area.

This would include early start for cyclists at the junction of Neville Road, Old Shoreham Road and Sackville Road and changes to the traffic islands

Improved pedestiran access along Clarendon Road.

Extra BTN Bike Share stations in the wider area and on-street cycle parking hangars in Artists Corner and Clarendon Road as well as one for 20 cycles in the development.

A bike user group should be established along with £150 towards buying a bike.

Other contributions include: a £413,298.20 for secondary school and sixth form would need to go to Blatchington Mill and Hove Park Schools; public art worth £450,000 within the development or close to the site; recreation and sports contribution of £1,696,849.97 towards outdoor sports in the areas parks, indoor sports at either Withdean or King Alfred leisure centres, children’s play areas and gardes at Hove Park and Stoneham Parks and allotments.