Former Brighton children's centre earmarked for new homes

A former Brighton children’s centre is set to be converted into more than 30 homes.

Councillors at Brighton and Hove City Council’s policy and resources committee agreed to lease the building to housing association Southern Housing Group.

The derelict building at 251 to 253 Preston Road will be converted into 24 flats and seven new homes and almost half will be affordable.

Town hall bosses said it will use the capital from the move to reinvest in council services and buildings.

Southern Housing Group emerged as the recommended choice in a competitive tendering process that attracted 13 bids.

Jeremy Barkway, regional development manager at Southern Housing Group, said: “Southern Housing Group has a strong presence in the Brighton and Hove area.

“In the last two years we have completed the developments at Albany Villas and Kingsway in Hove and are currently completing a new development at Pankhurst Avenue in Brighton.

“We saw the properties at Preston Road as a great opportunity to provide more mixed-tenure housing in the Brighton area.

“We plan to provide a mix of affordable and open market housing from the conversion of these properties.”

Other proposals for the building included a 150-place nursery, a conversion to 30 one-bed studio flats for 18 to 25-year-olds and six new houses, and another application for a nursery with 72 places, six new apartments and three new houses.

Councillor Jason Kitcat, chairman of the policy and resources committee, said: “As a council we no longer need this building and we are committed to making the best use of our assets.

“The proposal will bring the property back into beneficial use, providing much-needed homes and investment for the council to spend on improving services.”

A Southern Housing Group spokesman said a start date for work has not been set.

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6:57am Tue 28 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The average salary is £20,000 so will the affordable homes be £60,000?
Currently the average house price in this town is more than 13 times the average salary.
The average salary is £20,000 so will the affordable homes be £60,000? Currently the average house price in this town is more than 13 times the average salary. Maxwell's Ghost

7:06am Tue 28 Jan 14

rogerthefish says...

Yeah great, but overpriced for 40% share of the property, look at the units at the top of Elm Grove at the ex General Hospital they say £279,000 full market value for a 2 bedroom flat in the back of nowhere..

The the blurb goes on "We all love Brighton. We holiday there, party there and express ourselves there. But now you can establish roots and live the dream here permanently. Set in the ward of Hanover, The Edge is Brighton’s best kept secret. As you’ve come to expect from Brighton, Hanover hosts an array of pubs, restaurants and cafés that you’ll be eager to visit.

Its right to call it the edge-it couldnt be more on the edge of Hanover being stuck up next to the race course, the pubs are dying, what restaurants ? and the Elm Grove fry up the only cafe?...usual Skidrow ob Sea advertising blurb.

http://www.rightmove
.co.uk/new-homes-for
-sale/property-42586
273.html
Yeah great, but overpriced for 40% share of the property, look at the units at the top of Elm Grove at the ex General Hospital they say £279,000 full market value for a 2 bedroom flat in the back of nowhere.. The the blurb goes on "We all love Brighton. We holiday there, party there and express ourselves there. But now you can establish roots and live the dream here permanently. Set in the ward of Hanover, The Edge is Brighton’s best kept secret. As you’ve come to expect from Brighton, Hanover hosts an array of pubs, restaurants and cafés that you’ll be eager to visit. Its right to call it the edge-it couldnt be more on the edge of Hanover being stuck up next to the race course, the pubs are dying, what restaurants ? and the Elm Grove fry up the only cafe?...usual Skidrow ob Sea advertising blurb. http://www.rightmove .co.uk/new-homes-for -sale/property-42586 273.html rogerthefish

8:51am Tue 28 Jan 14

Can this be says...

I am in a state of shock as this appears to be a sensible proposal. The comment about "affordable homes" is very relevant and perhaps The Argus could do an article on what that actually means on completion of such developments and then into the future.
I am in a state of shock as this appears to be a sensible proposal. The comment about "affordable homes" is very relevant and perhaps The Argus could do an article on what that actually means on completion of such developments and then into the future. Can this be

3:10pm Tue 28 Jan 14

bug eye says...

southern housing group promised a medical centre at their development on the Kingsway Hove in order to get planning permission, however did not deliver claiming they run out of money after building the flats. the flats look great, and I am not a fan of mixed developments anyway, but this is something to be mindful of if they are still being given contracts and have such a presence in the city. now can we see the empty space at the Kingsway turned into a green space or eco houses or top class gym please.
southern housing group promised a medical centre at their development on the Kingsway Hove in order to get planning permission, however did not deliver claiming they run out of money after building the flats. the flats look great, and I am not a fan of mixed developments anyway, but this is something to be mindful of if they are still being given contracts and have such a presence in the city. now can we see the empty space at the Kingsway turned into a green space or eco houses or top class gym please. bug eye

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