The Hyde Group and Brighton and Hove City Council JV could purchase land at the former trading estate and deliver council and shared ownership homes

Brighton and Hove City Council is set to agree a proposal to buy a plot of land at Sackville Trading Estate in Hove, in order to build 300 homes through its joint venture company with Hyde.



Source: Moda

A visualisation of Moda’s Sackville Road scheme in Hove

The proposals, which are recommended by officers for approval, will be considered on next Thursday (27) during the first meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council’s new cabinet following the local elections.

Pending agreement by both partners, a site within the Sackville Trading Estate in Hove will be acquired to deliver a mix of council-rented and shared ownership homes.

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The intention would be to let the council-rented homes at social rent levels, i.e. 50% of market rent, to people on the city’s housing register.

A current planning permission on the site covers the development of 260 care community homes, a type of supported accommodation.

Therefore, the JV, which is called Homes for Brighton & Hove, will need to submit a new planning application and obtain approval to build affordable housing on the site. Build-to-rent developer Moda is also set to deliver 564 rental apartments at the nine-acre brownfield site.

The council has said that the site purchase will only proceed if the new planning permission is granted.

There are more than 7,500 households currently on the housing register and nearly 1,800 in emergency and temporary accommodation.

In Brighton and Hove, social housing makes up a small proportion of the overall housing stock. In the area, 9% of homes are owned by the local authority and 5.2% by housing associations.

Consequently, the council has said that “increasing the number of affordable homes in the city is crucial”.

Homes for Brighton & Hove was set up in 2017 “to provide much-needed low-cost homes for people in the city”. It has delivered 346 new homes through two schemes in the Brighton suburbs of Portslade and Coldean.

The JV also completed 104 homes at Clarendon Place, Portslade in April 2023 and 242 homes at Bluebell Heights, Denman Place, were handed over in March 2024.