Construction Voice: Meeting housing needs in Brighton - Building in, up or out?

Start Date

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 17:45

End Date

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 20:00

Construction Voice is focusing on one of the greatest challenges currently facing the City – how do we meet the growing housing demand?

The City has been challenged in finding up to 24,000 more homes in Brighton & Hove. The current City Plan identifies 11,300 new homes, which was amended to 13,200 in a paper presented by Council officers at the Policy & Resources Committee meeting in July.

Central Government is pressurising the City Council to identify additional sites to make up the shortfall and concern is rising about the potential impact on existing ‘green’ sites.

The debate for this Construction Voice forum is therefore focusing on what are the options for the city. Should we be:

-        Building In: In addition to the City Plan sites, should we look at more urban fringe sites and ‘low value’ green areas?

-        Building Up: Should we stop resisting building upwards and meet our demands with high quality, high-rise buildings?

-        Building Out: Do we accept that Brighton is full and identify sites for new large-scale housing development on the other side of the downs?

-        Maintaining the status quo: Should we accept that market forces will generate the solutions for us, with the potential for a Greater Brighton conurbation or pushing residents out of the city?

To get the discussion moving our specialist speakers will discuss the merits of each option before opening up the debate to all. As with all our events we want everyone to have a voice and at the end of the debate we will get all present to literally vote with their feet.

The key players within the property and construction sector will be there and, with the bar staying open after the event, it is a great opportunity to network.


Running Order:

5.45pm – Registration
6.00pm – Our panellists
6.30pm – Question Time format
7.15pm – Round-table discussion with panellists
7.30pm – The vote
7.30pm – 8.00pm – Networking
(Bar open throughout)

Chair: Miranda Birch


Lee Newlyn, Director - Mayfield Market Towns Ltd

Paul Zara, Director - Conran and Partners

Sean Clemons, Partner - Robinson Low Francis

Rob Fraser, Head of Planning and Strategy - Brighton and Hove City Council

Please note that this event is for businesses whose main work is in the property and construction sector.


With thanks to our event sponsor:

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Bouygues Development logo


With thanks to our event partners:

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Centurion logo

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