Latest on flats in Cromwell Road and Palmyra Avenue, Howe

A plan for 94 flats on a corner site in Hove is being considered by an independent planning inspector at an appeals hearing.

And before planning inspectors can reach a decision, councilors are being asked to agree on a payment basis known as a developer’s contribution and a “community infrastructure levy” (CIL).

The developer, RKO Developments, may be required to pay Brighton and Hove City Council over £1 million.

But the council’s planning officials have acknowledged that “no affordable housing can be provided with the plan” – a conclusion that may need to be reviewed before the first occupants move forward.

Plans for £32 million include the demolishing of five existing properties and the construction of 94 flats at the corner of Cromwell Road and Palmyra Avenue, Hove.

But in September last year the council’s planning committee rejected a planning application to replace the existing Edwardian buildings with flats.

The officials had recommended the plans to be approved but the councilors said the plan would damage the character of the area.

He also objected to the lack of any “affordable” housing, saying the design was too large and heavy, resulting in a loss of privacy for the neighbours.

The planning committee is due to meet next week, when councilors will consider what should be included in a deal if RKO’s appeal is won.

A report submitted to the committee said that as well as any payment from the developer, the agreement should require the RKO to plant three new trees for each lost tree.

And the RKO should remove and relocate a bus stop and bus shelter at Cromwell Road.

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The report also stated: “The CIL payment due to the council is estimated at this”. Forum To be £1.05 million, combined with the increased cost of the site, has reduced the feasibility of the plan.

“This is more than the £305,343 that was secured under the scheme presented to the committee in September 2020.”

The Council’s Planning Committee meeting is to be held next Wednesday at 2 pm at Hove Town Hall. The meeting is scheduled to be webcast on the Council’s website.

Hearing on the appeal is to be held on Tuesday, December 14.

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