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Hove Neighbourhood Forum a first for the city

Besi Besemar January 2, 2015

Approval has been granted for residents in Hove to have their own Neighbourhood Forum, giving them a bigger sayin plans for their area.

Hove Neighbourhood Forum

THE HOVE Station Neighbourhood Forum is the first to be established in the city and it means that residents and businesses have won the statutory right to draw up their own Neighbourhood Plan which will be taken into account when deciding planning applications.

It is the first time a community has applied to take forward local development in Brighton & Hove through a Neighbourhood Forum.

Applications to develop neighbourhood areas are usually produced by parish or town councils – in 2013 Rottingdean Parish Council successfully gained approval for the first neighbourhood area in the city.

Cllr Geoffrey Bowden
Cllr Geoffrey Bowden

Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, chair of the city’s economic development and culture committee, said: “This is a victory for people power and the council’s planning team has been supporting residents through the process. The Forum will give people living and working around Hove Station more control over what is built in their area. There is a lot of interest in this part of the city and local people want to make sure their voices are heard.”

The City Plan, which sets out planning policy for Brighton & Hove, says that the area adjacent and to the west of Hove Station should be largely retained for business use. It seeks to keep the area’s focus on providing jobs, with some shift into office use, but also earmarks it for an additional 525 residential units in order to meet the future needs of the city and its increasing population.

Nigel Richardson, Chair of the Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum, said: “We have had great support from local people and are now geared up to ensure that the regeneration planned for this area takes the maximum possible account of the needs and priorities of residents and businesses.”

Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum will be working on the Hove Station Neighbourhood Plan in 2015.

Once approved, their plan will become a formal part of the planning system and will be considered alongside other policies when the local planning authority decides planning applications for the area.

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