Policy overhaul delays Brighton home decision

COUNCILS have delayed a decision on plans for a new common house to see if it would be allowed under a new directive.

Labor Councilor Daniel Yates, representing the Parish of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, requested a delay in considering a planning application for 55 Auckland Drive, Brighton.

He wanted to see if it would conform to the new “density” rules for multi-occupancy houses (HMOs) in the city map.

Brighton and Hove City Council is in the process of formally approving the second part of the town plan.

Cllr Yates spoke out when the Auckland Drive project came before the planning committee.

He said the increasing number of family homes being converted into shared apartments in his community has resulted in fewer students in area schools and a loss of health facilities.

The Argus: Councilor Daniel Yates spoke out about the common houseCouncilor Daniel Yates spoke out about the common house

Currently, Rivers Birtwell’s Auckland Drive proposal, led by George Birtwell, 42, and Oliver Dorman, 43, fits in with community politics.

This means that no more than ten percent of the properties within a 50 meter radius of a proposed HMO can be residential communities.

According to a report to councilors, only 8 per cent of homes within a 50 meter radius of 55 Auckland Drive were HMOs.

The council is expected to adopt the new policy as part of the second part of the city plan at a full council meeting in October.

It limits new HMOs to 20 percent in a neighborhood known as the “contiguous exit area.”

It would also prevent private homes from being “snapped” between shared flats and prohibit the creation of a block of three or more HMOs.

There are around 5,000 licensed HMOs in Brighton and Hove accommodating students and workers who cannot afford their own flat or house.

Cllr Yates said the issue of “student education” was first raised in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean and has resulted in policies protecting the area and other sites across the city.

He wanted the new 20 percent rule to be applied by planning officials because other aspects of the policy, including the quality and standard of housing, are used and given “due weight” in the report before the committee.

He said: “The policy is designed to ensure we don’t impact the broader amenities, such as the availability of health and school facilities.

“School and health facilities have been impacted during my tenure as councilor in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, particularly in Lower Bevendean which has lost all of its health facilities, and there is also a risk of loss of school places and subsequent threat to the school as a whole.”

The Argus: The decision on 55 Auckland Drive has been postponedThe decision on 55 Auckland Drive has been postponed

He was told that the Council’s planning department does not yet have the “mapping” technology to measure the information he requested.

But he argued that the council had the data on HMOs and could work out the information needed that day.

Green councilor David Gibson, representing Hanover and Elm Grove, which also fall under the same existing restrictions on new HMOs as Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, backed his motion.

He said: “The important point for me is the density of HMOs, the 20 percent criterion is a pretty high bar and very important.

“Without this information, I would not want to support a recommendation.”

Independent councilor Tony Janio said the committee should abide by the current rules.

He said: “If we had assessed the planning decisions of the last ten years on the second part of the city plan, which could eventually come, we would never have achieved anything.

“As far as I know, we’re adhering to current regulations that don’t allow this test.”

The committee votes five to four to postpone the decision pending the new information.

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20647049.policy-overhaul-delays-decision-shared-house-brighton/?ref=rss Policy overhaul delays Brighton home decision

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