We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We asked

The Council undertook a 5-week period of public consultation between 13 October and 17 November 2023 on the draft College Conservation Area Statement. 

The Council stated that “We are consulting upon a new College Conservation Area Character Statement. The aim of the Character Statement is to define the special interest of the area, through a detailed assessment of its history, character and appearance.”

The council asked for consultation responses so that officers can “assess the responses and revise the Character Statement as appropriate”.

You said

75 responses were received in total which is considered a very good response for this type of consultation. A significant number of responses came from local residents (59).

Some residents felt the consultation should have included letters or flyers to all homes within the local area. The consultation was considered appropriate and proportionate for the nature and purposes of the document.

A summary of responses received and how these have been addressed in the final document is included in Appendix 2.

We did

Council officers made a number of amendments to the Character Statement including:

  • Additional text on residential properties,
  • Reference to street furniture,
  • More photographs were added

Further comments were made regarding highways and parking in the area which came outside the remit of the Character Statement and it was agreed to send these on to the appropriate departments.

These changes and others were made and the Character Statement was presented to the Culture, Heritage, Sport, Tourism & Economic Development Committee.

The Committee noted that a further amendment was required to the conservation area map and the Character Statement was approved.

The College Conservation Area Character Statement was adopted at Culture, Heritage, Sport, Tourism & Economic Development Committee on 18 January 2024.

the Committee Report and Appendices can be viewed below

We asked

The Council undertook a 6-week period of public consultation between 21 March and 7 February 2022 on the draft Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The consultation enabled residents and stakeholders to tell us what they thought about the draft SPD. 

You said

A total of 19 responses were received. 

Overall, there was broad support for most aspects of the guidance. In particular, the biodiversity resource and biodiversity matters sections were considered accurate, the good practice examples were considered helpful, and the step-by-step guide for applicants was considered clear. There was also support for the Biodiversity Checklist to be a validation requirement for relevant applications.

A full summary of the comments and officer response can be found in the Consultation Statement. 

We did

The representations have been considered and various changes have been made to the SPD. The SPD and its Annexes were approved by Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee on 16 June 2022. The SPD is now a material consideration in determining planning applications. 

Biodiversity and Nature Conservation SPD

Biodiversity and Nature Conservation SPD Annexes

Adoption Statement

We asked

To meet the requirements set out in the neighbourhood planning regulations, the Council undertook an 8-week period of public consultation on the applications between 9am on 26 August 2021 to 11:59pm on 22 October.

The consultation period was originally 6 weeks, but the consultation period was extended to allow for it to coincide with consultation by the South Downs National Park Authority.

You said

In total 22 responses were received during the consultation period. The representations received have been considered in determining the applications for the neighbourhood area and neighbourhood forum.  

We did

Based on the information provided with the neighbourhood area and forum applications and having considered all the consultation responses received, it was considered that the proposed neighbourhood area boundaries are appropriate and that the proposed neighbourhood forum would meet all the requirements set out in the legislation. 

The Coldean Forum and Area were formally designated by Brighton & Hove City Council on 25th November 2021.

The South Downs National Park Authority also approved the designation on 23 December 2021

We asked

Your view on British Telecom's proposal take out 14 on-street payphones in various locations in the city which have low use or are not being used.

You said

Comments received concluded that there are no objections to the removal of the Kiosk and Telephony at all 14 locations.

We did

Outcome of consultation on BT proposals to remove phone boxes

Comments are welcome on our draft decision to remove all 14 phone boxes from;

  • Junction of Wish Road and Kingsway, Hove, BN3 4LJ
  • Elm Stores, 82 Elm Drive, Hove, BN3 7JL
  • Circle K, 5 The Parade, Hangleton Road, Hove, BN3  7LU
  • West Way, Hove, BN3 8LD
  • Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 5BA
  • Preston Resort Hotel, Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 6UU
  • Opposite 124 Stanmer Villas, Brighton, BN1 7HN
  • Near to 2 Roedale Road, Brighton, BN1 7GB
  • Junction of Lewes Road and Coombe Road, Brighton BN2 4EA
  • Junction of Grove Street/Southover Street, Brighton, BN2 9NY
  • Junction of Queens Park Road, opposite 34 Egremont Place, Brighton, BN2 0GA
  • Cranleigh Avenue, outside 149 Marine Drive, Rottingdean, BN2 7GU
  • Outside 61 Longridge Avenue, Saltdean, BN2 8LG
  • Junction with Coldean Lane and Park Road, Brighton, BN1 9AB

Please send your comments by Thursday 1 July by email to planning.comments@brighton-hove.gov.uk marked ‘Phone box removal 07/2021.’ Please also identify the phone box you are commenting about.

You can also write to the Head of Planning, City Development and Regeneration, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ.

It’s your opportunity to say if you agree or disagree with the phone boxes being removed and the reasons why. 

The council is co-ordinating residents’ responses on behalf of BT. It doesn’t take long to provide your opinion and your views will help us provide a picture to BT of what people in the city think about their proposals.
 

Want to keep a phone box?
With payphones being used less, communities are looking at new ways of using them. Modern glass boxes can be adopted if communities want to house a defibrillator. Visit BT's adopt a kiosk web page for more information.

 

Use of payphones
Overall use of payphones has declined by over 90 per cent in the last decade and the need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is diminishing all the time, with at least 98 per cent of the UK having mobile coverage.

 

Ofcom’s research into consumer views on the importance of communications services and their affordability found that most people no longer view payphones as essential for consumers in most circumstances.

We asked

Following requests from residents, we asked the people who live in the Hove Park area about a new residents’ parking scheme.

You said

  • 68.4% were in favour of a residents’ parking scheme in the area
  • 7 in 10 (69.9%) were happy for the scheme to be active Monday to Friday from 9am to 10am and 1pm to 2pm

 

We did

We included the residents’ parking scheme as a proposal in a Traffic Regulation Order which was open for comment in February and March 2019.

The Committee approved the order in June 2019. The scheme is now active, and this area has become parking Zone P. 

Apply for a permit in parking Zone P.

We asked

Residents told us about parking issues in South Portslade, so in September 2019 we asked what they thought about having a resident parking scheme in the area.

We held an initial consultation in autumn 2019 and followed up with a detailed design consultation in summer 2020.

A traffic regulation order was advertised in November 2020. After each stage a report was taken to the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee for approval.

You said

The consultations showed a high level of support for a scheme within in a smaller area, while the other areas did not support the introduction of a scheme.

82% respondents within the smaller area supported the implementation of a residents parking scheme.

We did

The committee approved the traffic regulation order in March 2021.

The scheme is now active and this area has become parking zone X.

We asked

Feedback updated 29 July 2022

We reviewed the resident parking scheme in the Hanover and Elm Grove area (Zone V) in June 2022, after the scheme had been changed from S to V following a previous review of 2018.  

Residents in a small number of streets, known as the ‘top triangle,’ requested a further review to find out if there is enough support in the area to revert to the original Zone S. 

The consultation has now closed, and results will be available as soon as the replies have been analysed.

 

We reviewed the resident parking scheme in the Hanover and Elm Grove area (Zone S) at the end of 2018, after the scheme had been in place for over a year. 

Residents in a small number of streets, known as the ‘top triangle,’ requested further consultation to find out if there is enough support in the area to join Zone V. 

Zone S is a light-touch scheme which is active Monday to Friday from 11am to midday and from 6pm to 7pm. 

Zone V is a full scheme which is active Monday to Sunday from 9am to 8pm. 

Top triangle streets include: 

  • Arnold Street 
  • Baxter Street 
  • Carlyle Street 
  • Cromwell Street 
  • Lynton Street 
  • part of Queens Park Road between Elm Grove and Carlyle Street 

You said

We received 174 valid responses, which is 44.7% of the total households in the proposed scheme area. 

Overall, 51.1% support joining Zone V, but after we looked at the results from each street separately, it’s clear that residents in Queens Park Road would prefer to stay in Zone S.  

If we remove the results from Queens Park Road, the support for joining Zone V increases to 54%. 

We did

We included the proposed change from Zone S to Zone V for all streets except Queens Park Road in a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). View the details of this TRO (TRO-31-2019).

No objections were received to the proposals so the committee agreed to make the changes. Zone S will become zone V in March 2020.

Find out more about parking zone V.

View the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee report.

We asked

Residents told us about parking issues in Freshfield Street and Queens Park Rise, so in July 2019 we asked whether they wanted to remain in Zone S or join Zone C.

Zone S is a light-touch scheme which is active Monday to Friday from 11am to midday and from 6pm to 7pm.

Zone C is a full scheme which is active Monday to Sunday from 9am to 8pm.

You said

We received 59 valid responses which is over half (55.7%) of the total households in the proposed scheme area.

52.5% of respondents said they’re in favour of joining the full scheme (Zone C).

We did

We included the proposed change from Zone S to Zone C in a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). View the details of this TRO (TRO-31-2019) on our website. 

No objections were received to the proposals, so the committee agreed to make the changes. Zone S will become zone C in March 2020.

Find out more about parking zone C.

View the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee report.