Brighton Council approves tiny house on Dyke Road

A mother and daughter’s plan to convert a garage into a two-story home has been approved by the council’s planning committee.

Julie Habben and her mother Joan Withington are planning to build a one-bed house at 24 The Drove, Brighton, just off Dyke Road.

They submitted plans to Brighton and Hove City Council for the proposed house, which would be entirely separate from the house next door.

Some residents of the area opposed the plans, but they were unanimously approved when the planning committee met at Hove Town Hall yesterday (Wednesday 6 July).

Green Councilor Jamie Lloyd, who represents Withdean Borough, addressed the committee and said the proposed home would block a neighbor’s light.

Councilor Lloyd said: “It really doesn’t fit in with the area as we have some lovely Edwardian houses and this blocky structure doesn’t fit in at all.

“I also doubt the validity of such a small premise. I am for single family homes and affordable housing, especially within the city limits. I don’t think this corresponds to that. It’s just a way to make a profit.”

Planning agent Simon Bareham of Lewis and Co spoke on behalf of Ms Habben and Ms Withington and said Ms Withington would be staying in the house to be close to her daughter.

Mr Bareham said: “The house is well designed and will greatly enhance the character and appearance of the area.

“The existing garage offers no interest in the surrounding streetscape. While the proposed house will provide far more visual interest.”

Green Councilwoman Sue Shanks said she was unsure if the property was suitable for a future owner or tenant.

She said: “It’s a very small apartment and I’m not sure it contributes much to our housing needs. If it was an outbuilding it would make more sense, but as a separate house I’m not sure it’s big enough.”

Labor Councilor Nick Childs also said he didn’t like the scheme, but added: “Not liking something is different from whether it meets the planning approval threshold. I suppose nobody is forced to live there.”

Labor Councilor Daniel Yates said 58 square meters was acceptable for a one-bedroom property and that smaller apartments were needed for people looking to downsize.

He said, “Let’s not pretend that everyone in this town lives in a palace. I want everyone to live in a palace as long as it has a relatively eco-friendly garden and not a row of lawns. The reality is that we need a variety of qualities.”

The committee unanimously approved the request.

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