Help Shape Our Future…

NAP Flier March 18

Last autumn, the Local Action Team was invited by the council to help put together a Neighbourhood Action Plan for the area. The point of this is to involve residents more closely in neighbourhood issues, and to improve collaboration between the community and local services to bring about improvements. Having a Neighbourhood Action Plan which has been designed by residents will help us to make sure that the council and others understand our area and our priorities, and that our community is best placed to take part in work to bring about positive changes.

Since that time an informal working group has met regularly, which has included individual residents as well as representatives from community groups, tenants and residents associations, universities, council and community development staff and others. Using public questionnaires and surveys, the group has come up with some ideas and themes for the plan – something to talk about – and now we need to include you in the conversation.

The first of our public events will take place at the Hanover Centre on Sunday March 4th, 1pm-4pm, where we will have ideas from the draft plan for you to comment on, fun activities to take part in, and the chance to become more involved in producing the final plan and making sure that the things you think are important get considered.

For more information, and to look at the themes already developed see the Neighbourhood Action Plan pages on this site

Look forward to seeing you on the 4th!

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Question Time…

 

Work on developing our Neighbourhood Action Plan continues apace. Since the summer this has been done by a working party – loosely becoming described as the Community Coalition and made up of residents in the area, as well as representatives from   local groups, including the LAT, Friends of the Patch, Queens Park RA, The Hanover Community Association, Phoenix Residents Association, Hanover Action, Phoenix Gallery and others. For meeting notes and general info see HERE

The really important thing now is for this to open up to the wider community – get more people involved – and the first step is our Community Survey in Three Questions which volunteers are taking around to various local events, and the point of it is to get a steer from as many people as we can about the important local issues. We will use this survey to help identify broad themes which are important for the ward, and use these to base a more detailed survey and conversation/consultation events which will take place early next year.

The timeline we are working to is to have a plan written by May 2018. which will have support from the community, will have identified local issues, challenges and opportunities, and will include actions to change or improve things in partnership with the council, police and others.

The council are helping by providing some money to pay for printing costs, meeting rooms and other things, and staff from the council Communities Team are giving other support, but making a proper plan for our neigbourhood will take more than money – it also needs YOU to get involved – you, and your neighbours and our neighbours and all!

To find out more and to join in, come to the Local Action team meeting on Thursday, where you can give your views, or if you can’t come, complete the online version HERE

If you would like to be added to the working group email list, leave your details on our contact form HERE

 

private rented sector licensing consultation

The council is currently consulting on two proposed licensing schemes for private rented housing in the city.

The aim is to improve consistency of management and maintenance standards in the city’s private rented housing. The council is required to consult interested parties about the schemes and consider representations before reaching a final decision.

The full background on the decision to propose these schemes is given in the private rented sector discretionary licensing reports discussed by the Housing & New Homes Committee on 16 November 2016 and 14 June 2017.

The consultations close at midnight on Sunday 10 September 2017.

Additional licensing consultation

Councils can introduce additional licensing schemes for HMOs smaller than those to which the mandatory scheme applies​ where certain conditions are met. The council has been operating schemes in parts of the city since 2012, and the proposal is to implement the scheme city-wide. These would be properties of two or more storeys occupied by three or more people who are not from the same family and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.

Please read the following information on the additional licensing proposals before completing the consultation.

Selective licensing consultation

Selective licensing enables authorities to licence privately rented accommodation other than HMOs where certain conditions are met. The proposed selective licensing scheme would apply to 12 wards in the city – St Peter’s & North Laine, Regency, Moulsecoomb & Bevendean, Hollingdean & Stanmer, Queen’s Park, Hanover & Elm Grove, Brunswick & Adelaide, East Brighton, South Portslade, Central Hove, Westbourne and Preston Park. This could affect approximately 27,000 properties.

Please read the following information on the selective licensing proposals before completing the consultation.

If you have require information in an alternative format, please email prslicensingconsultation@brighton-hove.gov.uk or call 01273 293156.

What happens next?

Consultation responses will be used in a further report, which will go to the Housing & New Homes Committee in November 2017. Members will then decide whether to proceed with the schemes.

Stonehurst Court – what’s going on?

Consultation on the proposed conversion of flats back into family housing at 3-22 Stonehurst Court, Brighton

Venue: The former housing office, Stonehurst Court (Located on the right hand side of Stonehurst Court)

 Date: Friday 19th May  Time: 3pm – 7pm

 Brighton and Hove City Council is proposing to convert the nineteen one bedroom flats and a community space, at 3-22 Stonehurst Court, back into ten two bedroom semi-detached family houses with gardens. These proposed changes will include major repairs and refurbishment of the houses.

These buildings are currently in poor condition and have been underused, or used as temporary one bedroom flats. It is our intention to use these homes to meet temporary housing needs for families. This would be before they are offered permanent housing. The houses will be improved in such a way as to be suitable for future general housing use.

We are inviting you to attend a public information and ‘drop in’ session to discuss these proposals. Our intention is to allow you to look at and fully understand our proposals. Council staff will be present to answer your queries.

The proposed changes will be subject to a formal Planning Application and there will therefore be further opportunities to make comments in the next few weeks.

If you cannot attend but wish to ask for further details please contact us

P&Ienquiries@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Tel: 01273 294641

I look forward to meeting you if you are able to attend.

Gill Thompson

Capital Programme Manager