Blueprint for city development reaches crucial stage


A blueprint outlining development in Brighton & Hove has reached a crucial stage as it is examined publicly by a government representative this week.

The Brighton & Hove City Plan sets out how the city’s homes and jobs will be provided between now and 2030. It was written by the Green administration in line with ‘One Planet Living’ sustainability principles – but it must also meet a number of requirements as set out by the government. The plan is due for a public examination by a Planning Inspector beginning on Tuesday 22nd October.

Among the proposals setting out the city’s overarching approach to housing, the economy and transport are:

  • Regeneration of major sites in the city including eight major development areas
  • 11,300 much-needed new homes, with 94% of all proposed housing on brownfield sites
  • High quality design and sustainability principles in new developments in the city, including constructing buildings that are more energy and water efficient
  • Preservation and enhancement of our city centre green spaces
  • Exemplar development of the highest sustainability standards achievable at Toad’s Hole Valley
  • Protection for land used for sustainable local economic growth, and promotion of a resilient low carbon economy

Councillor Phélim Mac CaffertyCouncillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Chair of Planning Committee said:

“This plan sets out the vision and strategy for the city to 2030. The City Plan is crucial and will help us to deliver a vision for a confident city which will punch above its weight, win and keep jobs and provide much needed housing.

“We want to secure the right balance between meeting our substantial housing needs and ensure that there are enough businesses and jobs in the city. The City Plan also seeks to focus development in accessible locations, provide for schools and health facilities while protecting our parks, built heritage and Downland setting.

“This plan pushes a positive vision for the future of our city which looks toward a low carbon economy builds houses for our citizens and maximises the opportunities to create jobs in important sectors of the local economy including the creative industries and emerging environmental technologies.

“I believe that we have a strong plan for the future of Brighton and Hove and I am delighted that it has the support of so many of the key organisations in the city who have taken an active role in shaping this final document. It’s crucial that we get a policy agreed as soon as possible, so that the City Plan can guide the city’s local growth and shape the city of tomorrow. I look forward to the public examination which begins tomorrow and I’m confident that we will be able to meet both the city’s needs and the government’s requirements.”

Local Development Framework map
Local Development Framework Core Strategy Diagram



*Updates on the City Plan’s progress can be found on the council’s website here:

For more information please contact the Brighton and Hove Green Party office on 01273 766 670.



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