Plans for a £67m Build to Rent scheme in Hove is due to be discussed by councillors this week – on 2 September at 2pm. The council’s Planning Committee meeting will meet virtually and is expected to be a webcast.
The scheme – which is proposed to be named Hove Gardens – is on Ellen Street, backing on to Conway Street. The Ellen Street site is used for warehousing and is overlooked by Livingstone Court, a 10-storey building which is part of the Clarendon Estate.
Officials have already given their backing to the scheme subject to it including 10% affordable housing – with rents at 75% of the market rate. The Build to Rent homes – close to Hove station – will be in blocks of up to 18 storeys and will include 216 apartments – a mix of 31 studios, 101 one bedroom, 73 two bedroom and 11 three-bedroom apartments. It’s expected that at least ten apartments will be wheelchair accessible.
A report to councillors said that the company – Watkin Jones – may be asked to contribute almost £800,000 in developer contributions, with £500,000 put toward recreation, sport and open spaces, and £125,000 toward local schools.
The Build to Rent development will also include communal rooms, offices, cafés and commercial units. There will also be 36 car parking spaces in a basement car park which will include 20 spaces for blue badge holders and 323 bike spaces.