Kensington Street, one of the narrow streets in the North Laine area of Central Brighton, runs north/south from North Road to Gloucester Road. ‘Slum clearance’ during the late 60s/early 70s saw removal of numbers 4-7, 9 and 11-14 Kensington Street, leaving three gaps along the length of the street which were paved over and used for parking.
The development proposal would provide 12 affordable units across the three infill sites, forming part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s New Homes for Neighbourhood Estate Regeneration Programme to tackle a shortage of affordable housing and meet the City Plan housing target of 500 new homes on HRA land by 2030.
Surrounding buildings are eclectic in style, period and materials, which gave an opportunity to make a bold statement with the design of the new development as there were no obvious constraining features, other than the tight urban nature of the site and the scale of nearby buildings. Planning approval was granted for the new development in November 2016, with construction programmed to commence in Spring 2017.