DMH Stallard’s planning team is celebrating after helping to secure the approval of a major planning application at the Brighton & Hove committee last month.
The approved scheme will regenerate the existing synagogue site in New Church Road, Hove by providing a mixed use development comprising a new synagogue, offices, and community facilities including:
- A community café and kitchen providing Kosher food
- A community centre
- A co-working hub providing offices and support for business start-ups
- A new children’s nursery to replace the existing facility
- Two new state of the art classrooms which are also for use by the neighbouring St. Christopher’s School
- An underground car park with 57 spaces
The scheme would also provide 35. flats and 10 dwellings for sale and rent; five of the units would be affordable and gifted to the Brighton & Hove Jewish Housing Association.
The scheme will bring numerous benefits to the city, including £25m in capital investment, 45 new homes, 30 local jobs and an annual contribution to the local economy of £1.3m. The scheme would also provide an exemplary form of community benefit which will help to safeguard the Jewish population in Brighton, and also provide community facilities and housing to benefit the entire local community.
The proposal is a philanthropic scheme backed by the Bloom Foundation.
Bloom Foundation trustee Marc Sugarman said: “We are delighted that this important regeneration project has been given the go-ahead by Brighton & Hove City Council. Our vision is to build high-quality, sustainable facilities open to the entire local community, while, at the same time, revitalising Jewish life in the City. The project will deliver on both of these objectives, providing a beautiful synagogue, new housing and a range of educational, workspace and social amenities for all to enjoy.”
Peter Rainier Principal Director of Planning at DMH Stallard said: “It’s been a long journey taking more than two years; from inception through public consultation, Design Review Panels, negotiations with consultees and Planning Officers, over 700 letters of objection and nearly three hours of debate at Committee, it is fantastic to have a positive result. Government guidance seeks to ensure that proposals make the best use of urban sites, which can be a challenging balance but I believe this scheme is a shining example.”
For further information or for advice on any planning matter, please contact Peter Rainier, Principal Director of Planning, or Lisa da Silva, Senior Planner.
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