Tuesday 31 August 2010

Housing Land in Brighton

The City Council is updating its Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) in order to  identify sites with potential for housing development, assess their housing potential and estimate when development is likely. The study is intended to provide important information that will help inform the council’s planning documents - the Local Development Framework.

The Council is asking for suggestions for any sites, able to accommodate 6+ residential units, either as solely residential or as part of a mixed use scheme, that could be considered by the study. Suggestions can be made on an SHLAA form which can be found on the Council's website here.

The site that immediately jumps to mind of course, is the prime vacant lot on the corner of Portland and Church Streets which has remained undeveloped for decades and is now being advertised for car-parking. I believe some plans, which included housing along Portland Street, were submitted a few years ago but came to nothing. I am sure this hasn't escaped the Council's attention but do not know what they can do about it if the owner of a plot has, for reasons of their own, just decided to sit on it.

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