Two vacant villas in Preston Road will be converted into flats and houses

Two council-owned villas at 251-253 Preston Road, currently unused, are to be leased to a housing association to provide 32 dwellings, 40% of them affordable


The Council have agreed to dispose of 251-253 Preston Road to Southern Housing Group on a 150 year lease. The housing association recently presented the plans for 32 dwellings with associated parking to nearby residents. The plans showed the conversion and refurbishment of the existing villas, raising the height of the link block from 2 to 3 storeys and seven new houses in the grounds.

Although we liked the crescent shape of the arrangement of the new houses we did not like the design of the houses themselves, which were reminiscent of houses in a New Town. The architects intend to submit the plans in about a month, but it will be some months before they are on view to the general public. .

The two villas near Preston Park Station have been used in recent years by children’s services which have now been moved to Moulsecomb. This proposal will bring the two villas back into residential use, providing much-needed homes.

Southern Housing Group emerged as the recommended bidder in a competitive tendering process that attracted 13 bids. The housing association plans to convert the building to provide 24 flats and build seven new houses in the rear gardens. Forty per cent of the dwellings will be affordable.

The Square in Patcham: a hidden gem

Listed houses in The Square Patcham

PATCHAM CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISAL PATCHAM CHARACTER STATEMENT ADOPTED [by Brighton & Hove Council] 2010 states:
THE SQUARE is particularly picturesque – enhanced by its ‘hidden’ location, the presence of verdant front gardens and informal surface treatments that are in keeping with its rural character. The buildings retain many original features, including horizontally sliding sash and vertically hung sash windows, clay tile and slate roofs and traditional outbuildings, which contribute to the character of The Square.

C18 cottages in The Square Patcham

A PRESTON & PATCHAM SOCIETY COMMITTEE MEMBER DESCRIBES THE SQUARE:
Many Patcham people do not know of the existence of The Square as it is hidden by the cottages along the Old London Road. It has a distinctive character of its own, that of an original 18th century village street with its unmade path. The occupations of the inhabitants of the Square during the nineteenth century were mostly agricultural labourers, gardeners and carters plus a few railway workers and washerwomen.
Yvonne Ray
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ENGLISH HERITAGE states that cottages nos.8 and 9 were listed 2/3/81 whereas nos.19 and 20 were listed  26/8/99.

Single storey cottages in The Square in Patcham

There are three derelict listed single storey cottages (or wash houses), which the owner proposes to convert to a single cottage. It is said that these cottages were last occupied in 1938. The Preston & Patcham Society welcomes the proposal to restore them and convert them to one house, but opposes the design of the new single storey house which is out of character amongst 18th century cotttages.

We now understand that the single storey cottages are now beyond repair. So what is to happen next?

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From Ditchling Road to the surrounding Downland—maintaining a sense of continuity…..

The Preston and Patcham Society was founded in 1973. Our work is concerned with maintaining a sense of continuity in the community and matters related to conservation issues.

The Society embraces the area between Ditchling Road, Springfield Road, Dyke Road, Snakey Lane, Patcham village, Withdean, Westdean, Varndean and the surrounding downland.

Preston Manor walled garden

The Society plants trees from time to time. We check significant planning applications weekly.

We are represented on the Conservation Advisory Group which advises Brighton & Hove City Council’s Planning Committee on matters of conservation and listed buildings.

We hold occasional meetings to which we welcome all members.