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An installation to house homeless people constructed from shipping containers with 3 to 5 storey blocks of self-contained residential units with internal shower rooms and balconies has been given planning permission.

Shipping containers

An artist’s impression of the proposed container village

Brighton Housing Trust has teamed up with developer QED to erect 36 converted containers on land on the corner of New England Road and New England Street, behind the Cobbler’s Thumb pub. The containers are from Holland where they had been used as student accommodation.

The permission was granted despite the city’s own planning department saying that the site is not suitable. The report said: “The land is contaminated, has a range of ‘bad neighbour’ noisy adjacent uses, is in a noisy location given the close proximity to New England Road, has poor day-lighting due to the very cramped nature of the site and the steep railway embankment to the west. The development would, however, meet current acute and identified housing need. A five-year temporary consent is therefore considered acceptable.”

The council received 8 letters of support and 8 letters of objection.

City College Brighton and Hove is the largest provider of adult learning opportunities in the city and their new ‘Adult Leisure and Learn’ prospectus is out this summer. The College’s part time programmes have really developed over the last 18 months and offer much to the local community in terms of re-training, boosting employment prospects and exploring new interests and passions. 

“We pride ourselves in providing a friendly, supportive environment and we’re based in the heart of town so transport links are excellent” said City College’s Director of Commercial and Enterprise, Itziar Leighton. The College’s offer reflects the diversity of Brighton with hundreds of courses offering something for everyone: accountancy, languages, carpentry, cookery, creative writing, digital animation and reflexology to name a few. Alongside the various part-time courses running in weekday mornings and afternoons, evening classes run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Students can enrol online and now that 24+ loans are available for many of the courses, this enables more people to access these opportunities. Whatever your reason for coming back into education, City College can provide a course that will be right for you.
For more info, see, contact the course advice team on 01273 667759 or email

The Martlets Hospice has secured an award of £367,860 from NHS England to implement The Renaissance Project designed to improve its facilities. NHS England awarded 176 grants to hospices across England to improve the physical environments in which they provide care. The Martlets will use its grant to create the Martlets Therapeutic Suite including a lounge, activity room, garden room and a café to accommodate its growing community services. A Welcome Suite will also be built to improve the Hospice main entrance enabling ambulances to park more easily and safely whilst providing better shelter and easier access.

Together, hospices in the UK care for 360,000 people each year. Hospices are reliant on voluntary donations to run their vital services and collectively have to raise more than £1.5 million every single day from their local community.

Healthwatch Brighton and Hove is a new Health Watchdog run by and for local people, independent of the NHS. It is currently being set up to help people get the best out of their health and care services and give them a voice so they can influence how health and care services are provided locally. For advice and information call the Helpline on 01273 810235 (between 10am and 12pm Monday – Friday during the initial set-up period) or visit

The Chamber of Commerce is launching a project called ‘100 Sides of Brighton’. The idea is that it will give voice to 100 people across all Brighton industries. Working with PR Agency, Don’t Believe the Hype, along with a team of freelance writers, they’re going to conduct mini-interviews, asking the question: ‘Why Brighton? Why now?’ The end result will be a multi-media collage of perspectives, using 100 stories to tell a bigger picture. The interviews will be conducted over a range of media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, email, video and audio with the aim of creating something truly unique.

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