Affordable homes change plan for Hove development


COUNCILS are being asked to support changes to the mix of ‘affordable’ housing at a site in Hove where work is almost complete.

Hyde Housing wants more of the homes in the Westerman Complex on School Road to be lower-cost, one-bed rentals – and fewer for shared ownership.

The housing cooperative also wants to include a low-rent house with three bedrooms in the program.

A planning application submitted by Hyde to Brighton and Hove City Council aims to double the number of single-bed apartments from seven to fourteen.

Hyde also intends to rent ten two-bedroom properties at a “social” rent – with a rent level more discounted from the market price than a rent deemed “affordable”.

Council officials are urging the planning committee to back the proposal when it meets next Wednesday (10 August).

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The project consists of 104 apartments – a mix of apartments and houses – on the site of the old Westows Softplay Center and Cliffords Autoteile.

Construction is almost complete, four years after the project was granted planning permission in 2018.

All homes in the program are rated “Affordable,” with 16 homes available for shared ownership.

Affordable rents are defined as a maximum of the local housing benefit or 80 percent of the local market price for a comparable property.

The Council Planning Committee is due to meet on Wednesday 10 August at 2pm in Hove Town Hall. The meeting will be webcast on the Council’s website. Affordable homes change plan for Hove development

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