A Brighton Housing Trust development

Lynchett Close
Submitted by BEP Ltd with permission from Philip Lane Photography

A housing estate built on a 2.02 hectares greenfield site located in central Brighton, (east of Brighton University). It is bounded by woodland along the eastern side. The northern section is open farmland and it adjoins to two existing residential estates along its southern and western sides.

Rising accommodation needs
The site was owned by the then Brighton Borough Council and was awarded to Brighton Housing Trust with a view to be developed into a low cost housing estate. That was to respond to the rising needs within the borough for housing accommodation.

Project completed in 1995
The project was designed by Bedford Eccles Partnership (now known as BEP Engineers Ltd) and DRP architects, and built by Cheesmur and Sons. All these companies are local to Brighton. The actual building commenced on Jan 1994 and the handover of the first houses took place on December of the same year. By December 1995 the project was fully complete.

Fifty two terraced units
The estate comprises 57 two-storey terraced units (2-3 beds) with low pitch and gabled hipped roofs – two of which are designed for disable residents. It is served by an access road which was adopted by the local highway authority and became an extension to Lynchet Close. It is provided with curtilage parking and a playground which is available to all residents.

Comments about this page

  • My daughter moved here in 1995 and was the first occupant of her house. The garden at the back was a building site dump, with rubble and builders’ wastes. We decided to turf it. As the back garden was lower than the road, the turf men had to hurl the turf rolls over the wall! I spent all afternoon catching and piling them up and I can still feel the aches! After the first summer, a number of lovely orchids appeared in the lawn. Whether they were present in the soil or the turf I do not know but they were an exotic sight. Considering the very poor looking soil on the site, all the plants we put in (mostly from garden centre bargain bins) thrived and grew like fury. She did move eventually and I often think of those orchids 10 years on.

    By Geoffrey Mead (13/07/2005)
  • I moved in last year 2010, and was appaulled by the way the houses were thrown together, paper houses I call them.There are no cupboard spaces, the lounge is too small.They didn’t really think clearly when they made these houses, as there supposed to be family homes-it’s like a rabbit hutch.The walls are paper thin like plywood, you can hear literally hear conversations, bathroom noises, light swithes go on and off, now you shouldn’t hear that at all, not like the old built houses, proper houses. They should take advice from the Americans, they know how family homes should be spacious.

    By Tracey Howell (25/06/2011)

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