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“They are making a fantastic big difference to people’s lives”: Brighton welcomes new council housing

“They are making a fantastic big difference to people’s lives”: Brighton welcomes new council housing
Hannah Midgley

Brighton and Hove City Council announced today the opening of 29 new council homes at Hobby Place on Whitehawk Road.

 

Residents accompanied Councillor Anne Meadows, chair of the Housing and New Homes Committee at the opening event.

 

Councillor Meadows said: “We’re working hard to provide more council housing in the city, and it’s great to see people settling into the new flats at Hobby Place.”

 

Photograph of the newly developed building at Hobby Place.

 

Building work on the previously empty site between Whitehawk Academy and the Wellsbourne Health Centre was completed on 20 July 2018.

 

Councillor Meadows also said the homes have transformed the site which stood empty for years, which is right on the doorstep of local amenities including the school, library, and children’s centre.

 

Hobby Place is the most recent housing development to be opened as part of the council’s ‘New Homes for Neighbourhoods’ building programme.

 

In the video below, Councillor Meadows explains how the new homes a “making a fantastic big difference to people’s lives”:

 

 

There are two blocks with one, two or three bedroom flats including flats suitable for wheelchair users and tenants with mobility issues.

 

The Hobby Place scheme was established alongside residents who were invited to the Whitehawk Hub to look at a model and designs back in 2016.

 

A total of 173 homes have been completed on eleven empty or underused council-owned sites all over Brighton and Hove, including:

  • 57 flats at Kite Place in Whitehawk
  • 45 flats at Brooke Mead Extra Care scheme in Brighton
  • 8 homes at Salehurst Close in Hollingdean

 

The council scheme is picking up the pace as construction work commenced on 12 homes in Kensington Street in the North Laine earlier this year.

 

A further 30 flats will begin construction in the new year following the demolition of the former housing office, store and garages over the summer period.

 

For more information about the city council’s New Homes for Neighbourhoods developments, visit their website.

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