Thursday, 10 August 2017

New homes in old buildings

At yesterday’s BHCC planning committee approval was given to convert Preston Road School, to provide 25 flats. Consent allows the locally-listed 1880s building to have a roof conversion, mezzanine floors, and a rear extension.  Ten of the flats would be affordable units aimed at local people in housing need.

Developers would pay the council £71,000 to local open spaces and indoor sports facilities plus £55,000 towards local schools.

Over in South Street, Portslade, planning permission has been granted for a scheme which will provide 37 flats on the old Brewery complex.

The scheme will utilise the classical revival-style buildings on the site which are all locally-listed.  There would also be commercial space including artists’ studios with ancillary galleries, community space and a café. Other industrial buildings would be demolished.

Elsewhere on site will be 11 new  houses. This would include two units of affordable accommodation aimed at local people on the housing waiting list - or a payment of £126,000 instead towards housing elsewhere. Councillors agreed they preferred the on-site option.

In a planning agreement developers would pay over £100,000 to improve local parks. Another £48,000 would go towards sustainable transport, £21,000 for city sports centres and £16,000 to a local employment scheme.

View of the corner of the site from South Street. 

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