Construction of 242 homes at Bluebell Heights at Denman Place, Coldean was completed in March 2024.

Building new low cost homes 

The site of the homes has been identified as suitable for the development of housing in the City Plan.

The 100% affordable homes are a mix of one, two and three bedroom flats in six blocks of five to seven storeys, making the best use of the sloping 3.3ha site. This matches the size of housing needed in the city. Currently, 76% of households on Brighton & Hove City Council’s housing waiting list are in need of one or two bedroom properties.

There are 127 homes for council rent being let to people in housing need on the city’s housing register (including one wheelchair-accessible home). There are 113 shared ownership homes available to buy through Hyde New Homes and two wheelchair-accessible homes available to rent through Hyde.

Landscape and ecological management

Trees, shrubs and wildflowers are being planted as part of landscaping work around the new buildings, to provide attractive communal areas and encourage wildlife. Bat boxes are also being installed.

A woodland area is being created, with native shrubs including Hawthorn, Field Maple, Hazel and Holly. Oak and beech trees and disease-resistant elms are also being planted.

There’s also a permissible path through the development, providing joined-up access to the surrounding woodland.