13 January 2020

Have your say on proposals for a new neighbourhood hub for Moulsecoomb

We’re asking residents of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean for their help in developing proposals for a new neighbourhood hub and the redevelopment of a number of underused sites in the area.

The aim is to create a new community building to improve the services and facilities available for residents of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean.

Services and facilities that could be located in the hub include a GP Surgery, Moulsecoomb Library, adult learning and a community café.

Proposals would also include new centre for youth services – either within the hub or in a separate building on the wider site.

Bringing services together into a new purpose-built centre also frees up a number of sites to build up to 250 much-needed new homes.

We’ve been discussing the proposals with local residents and community groups over the past year. 

We are now holding a series of ‘planning for real’ sessions to give residents a hands-on way to have their say in what needs to be done to improve their neighbourhood.

What’s being proposed…

The proposals are to develop a neighbourhood hub building on land next to the Moulsecoomb Sports Centre, and redevelop the sites currently used by the Moulsecoomb north and south hubs and the 67 Centre.

The homes would be delivered through the New Homes for Neighbourhoods scheme building new council-rented homes across the city. We’re aiming to build as many new council homes as we can.

There are a number of stages to go through to progress the plans but, if approved, the development is expected to take around four years.

Planning for real

‘Planning for real’ is a hands-on way of giving residents a say in what needs to be done to improve their neighbourhood.

It brings them together with planners, architects, housing officers and community workers to discuss a 3D model of the neighbourhood showing the new proposals, and work out the best way of providing what’s needed.

We’re holding a number of sessions over the next few weeks. 

  • Planning for real launch event – all welcome
    9am – 7pm Wednesday 22 January at the Moulsecoomb Community Leisure Centre, Moulsecoomb Way, Brighton, BN2 4PB
     
  • Planning for real community event – all welcome
    12 noon – 7pm Friday 24 January at the Bevy, 50 Hillside, Brighton, BN2 4TF
     
  • Coffee morning & afternoon drop-in – all welcome
    9.30am – 12 noon & 2pm – 6pm Wednesday 29 January at the Foodbank & Advice Centre, Holy Nativity Community Hall, Norwich Drive, Bevendean, BN2 4LA
     
  • Planning for real for young people – ages 11-18 welcome
    5.30pm – 7.30pm Thursday 30 January at the 67 Centre, Hodshrove Lane, Brighton, BN2 4RW

Come along to have your say

Councillor Nancy Platts, leader of the council, said: 

“This is a very exciting proposal. It’s a great opportunity to improve services and facilities for Moulsecoomb and Bevendean residents, as well as redevelop some underused sites for much needed new low-cost housing.

“It’s an ambitious project and will be the biggest development the council has taken on for a very long time. 

“We’ve had positive feedback on the idea from the community so far. We’re holding these sessions to give residents an opportunity to help shape the development.

“Residents are the experts on what an area needs, so please do come along to share your views and work with us to develop the proposals.”

Next stages

Plans for the neighbourhood hub will be developed following feedback from the planning for real sessions.

A business case will go to the council’s Policy & Resources for approval in the spring. 

If approved, a planning application for the neighbourhood hub is likely to be submitted later in the year.