Brighton and Hove News » Hove developer secures planning permission to build care home


It was the fourth lucky time for a developer after winning an appeal which granted him planning permission to build a one-bedroom ‘retirement home’ in his back garden.

7 Woodland Drive in Hove at the corner of Benett Avenue

City Partnership Housing Limited, run by the Regan family, applied to subdivide the land at 7 Woodland Drive, Hove, and build a smaller house facing Benett Avenue.

John and Sylvia Regan renovated the Woodland Drive property after buying it nearly 20 years ago.

The new home is expected to be built by the family business, run by their son Daniel Regan, 48.

Conservative Councilor Vanessa Brown, who represents the Hove Park borough, opposed the proposal when it was presented to Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee in February last year.

Councilor Brown described the land as “tiny” and said it lacked adequate “outdoor amenity space”.

Town planning inspector Louise Gibbons also cited the lack of outdoor space when she refused previous plans for the site on appeal.

But when the latest application was appealed, town planning inspector Martin Andrews said the garden was “large enough”.

And Mr Andrews said the proposed new building would not be detrimental to the Benett Avenue street scene.

He said the law gave more weight to housing proposals in areas where it was impossible to prove that there was adequate “five-year supply”.

Mr Andrews said: ‘This applies to Brighton, with a shortfall of 1,400 homes and where additional provision in the existing built-up area is likely to play a significant role.

“In this case, I am satisfied that any real or perceived negative impact of granting permission would not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefit of additional accommodation.”

Mr Regan’s agent, Ian Coomber, the founder of Absolute Town Planning, said: ‘A year of waiting for what is effectively a care home is not great.

“But the decision was the right one…luckily we have an independent planning inspection.”

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