Retrospective planning application – Beaconsfield Road BH2017/00510

LAT members may wish to respond to planning application that Cath mentions below:

I have received a letter from Brighton & Hove City Council regarding a retrospective planning application for 33 Beaconsfield Rd for change of Use from  a ‘6 bed single dwelling to a 7 bed HMO’. The reference is BH2017/00510.

The house is already being used as a 7 bed HMO without planning approval. I had a quick look at the planning statement over the weekend and the thrust of the argument seems to be it is already an HMO so why object and Beaconsfield Rd isn’t a suitable road for family occupation anyway so we may as well use for HMO accommodation.

I will write a letter in opposition as I did for the application at no.6 and send you a copy. I wondered if you could let the other members of the LAT know in case anyone else might like to comment on the application as well. We have until 14th March to lodge any objections.

Thanks and kind regards

Cath Prenton

University of Sussex Private Sector student meetings March 2017

Lucy Walker writes asking for “a member of London Road LAT” could attend as follows. If you are available please contact her direct – bear in mind that she is not looking for a group attendance, but just a single rep in each case.

Hi Philip,

I hope you are well.

We have finalised the dates of our next Private Sector Workshops and I was wondering if a member of the London Road LAT would be able please to come along and chat to students about living in your area, what’s good about it and general advice about settling in to the area.

The dates and location on campus of the workshops are:

Tuesday 7th March
1pm-2pm (Jubilee 155)
6pm-7.30pm (Jubilee 155)

Thursday 9th March
6pm-7.30pm (Jubilee G31)

Tuesday 21st March
1pm-2pm (Jubilee 155)
6pm-7.30pm (Fulton 103)

Thursday 23rd March
6pm-7.30pm (Jubilee G31)

If anybody was able to attend please can they arrive 10 minutes before and for the evening workshops they only have to stay until 7pm.

Kind regards,

Lucy Walker,
Housing Officer (Information and Advice),
University of Sussex Information Centre,
91 Lewes Road,

Open Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm
T: +44 (0) 1273 690405
We welcome your feedback, negative or positive as we work to improve the service we provide.
We are part of The Student Accommodation Code

Next meeting London Road LAT #Brighton 14th Feb – Subject HMO’s

Our next meeting is Feb 14th 2017 18:15 for 18:30 at Calvary Church hall, Viaduct Road, Brighton.

We have a special guest speaker Cllr Tracey Hill. She has been doing excellent work by setting up a series of meetings co-ordinating community and Council responses to the issue of HMO’s (= houses in multiple occupation).

HMOs are both a blessing – to people needing affordable housing, and a problem – because they have a reputation for not promoting good neighbourliness and good standards of upkeep and householding. E.g Viaduct Road.

This also links up with issues of #studentification.

It will be a very interesting meeting #highlyrecommended

Draft Agenda 14th Feb 2017

  1. Welcome, apologies, introduction
    1. future dates and meetings
  2. Community Safety issues, policing and licensing
    1. – update on Level has been requested from Insp. McCarthy and Community Safety Team
    2. drug dealing in local residential streets – update requested
    3. Update from LAT chairs meeting  (January)- N.B. Police website has removed all reference to LATs, a new, unfinished draft “service arrangement” sheet has been circulated to LAT chairs
  3. Special Guest Speaker – Cllr Tracey Hill
  4. Plans for publicity and funding – to note
  5. News and Updates
    1. parking in zone J
    2. Viaduct Road progress
    3. Business Improvement District progress
    4. Level Communities Forum matters (if any)
  6. Any other business – please notify before the beginning of the meeting.

Happy Valentines day!

PCC @KatyBourne meeting with LAT chairs #Brighton 12th January 2017

There was a well-attended meeting of LAT chairs on 12th January 2017 at Hove Town Hall.

Among the attenders were: 15 LAT Chairs from around the City, Cllr Emma Daniels – chair of Neighbourhoods Communities & Equalities Committee, Peter Castleton – Head of Community Safety, Peter Wileman – Senior Community Safety Officer, Inspectors Brian McCarthy and Paul Ransom. The special guest was the Police and Crime Commissioner Mrs Katy Bourne.

The first hour of the meeting consisted of news, updates and contributions from each LAT representative. Issues raised included: planning applications (e.g. Preston Barracks), loss of community spaces (e.g. Lectern Pub), excess of alcohol licensing approvals, vandalism, the Level , etc.  A common theme was the increase in visible drug dealing, and the perceived loss of contact with Police via PCSOs since the new contract came in.

The PCC gave a short off-the-cuff presentation on the improvements brought in through the extensive police review – via prioritising, apps, community resolution.  They needed to to more with less [money] – the visible policing was by no means all the policing that was actually happenning. The new PCSOs are nearly all in place for Brighton and Hove – the full complement is 39, of which a maximum of 13 would be available on any one shift.

The PCC was asked for her view on LATs and why the present Sussex Police website makes no mention of LATs at all.


Notes from the Level Communities Forum #Brighton – from December 2016

  • Level Communites Forum – Meeting Schedule

A number of meetings have been scheduled to be split between regular LCF meetings for Forum members and Community Interest meetings which will hopefully include interested parties from other local Community groups.

LCF Meetings    for Forum members, MacLaren Pavilion; 6 – 7.30pm

9th January, 23rd January, 6th February

The full text can be found at

A TV opportunity! – from John Cook – Patcham Community Action Team #Brighton

Dear [ community-representing]  Colleague,

I have been given the opportunity to help in the making and recording of a new video (title to be decided) of life in our local communities.

The production team are very experience – having created and made full length programmes for the major TV companies in the UK and abroad – they will bring a wealth of relevant experience to the making of the programme.

The theme of the programme will centre about what is good in our communities (as oppose to the much negative news one constantly hears about) while at the same time presenting a balance view of some of the challengers residents face in their daily lives.

It aims to show that despite the grind of daily life, our communities are full of many wonderful opportunities that help 1,000’s of our local residents find enjoyment and fulfilment within a short walk of their homes.

I am told that Patcham will be at the heart of the programme but will include the wider community across Brighton & Hove.

If this project is of interest to you and you feel you have a story to share and would like to meet members of the production team to discuss matters in detail, please email me your initial thoughts and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please share this email with as many of your colleagues as possible.

Many thanks,


John W Cook – Hate Crime Ambassador & Community Advocate

Chairman – Patcham Community Action Team