The home site of the Round Hill Society, a community group of the residents of Round Hill in Brighton, England. The site contains information about the area, latest news and reflections on life in Round Hill.
The proposed 5-storey building would provide 129 ‘studio’ rooms and would be accessed via Hughes Road through the Centenary Industrial Estate. Level 0 will go down to this level. However, there would be a second entrance to this 5-storey building in Richmond Road.
Matsims Ltd has lodged a revised application to demolish Richmond House and erect a 138 room student hostel. The proposed building (internal floorspace: 4164.7 sq m) would have over five times more internal floorspace than the existing (internal floorspace: 803 sq metres) pictured below:
Student scheme dismissed on 6th June 2014
Matsim's Richmond House appeal dismissed
Matsim's appeal against refusal of their proposed scheme for 138 student units immediately adjoining the Round Hill conservation area (and the junction of Hughes Rd with the Sainsbury supermarket service road) has been dismissed by planning inspector Sukie Tamplin.
Treatment centre opening in November 2015
Application number: BH2015/00493
Richmond House D’Aubigny Road Brighton BN2 3FT
The application is for Change of use from B1 office to Sui Generis mixed use of B1 office and D1
The building has been put into much better repair and is now used as a Drug & Alcohol Recovery Centre run by Pavilions Partnership.
Thank you to the 22 Round Hill residents who attended the above meeting and also to our ward Councillor and Wendy Taylor, Deputy Director of Cranstoun - the charity which focuses on making life better for those affected by alcohol and drugs.
There was a good discussion, summarised in the notes (click on the sections in red below) taken by Annie Rimington, Chair of The Round Hill Society:
Our questions and Cranstoun's answers
We invited Wendy Turner (Deputy Director) and Peter Glass (Director of Operations) from Cranstoun (part of Pavilions Partnership) as well as Kathy Caley (Lead Commissioner for Alcohol and Substance Misuse Services) from Brighton and Hove City Council to address concerns voiced by local residents relating to the use now proposed for Richmond House.
Download the PDF document prepared by Pavilions for Round Hill residents.
Richmond House re-opened as a drug and alcohol recovery centre on Monday 14th December 2015 bringing a number of related services in Brighton under one roof. We are grateful to the staff for the open event held on Sunday 13th December giving Round Hill residents an opportunity to meet the team and to look round.
The local residents' association The Round Hill Society has formed close ties with Pavilions Partnership. This umbrella organisation has held several open days to show the public the work and achievements of their constituent users.
The presence of a Drug & Alcohol Recovery Centre gave rise to some initial concerns, but the spirit of cooperation between Pavilions and local residents has done much to allay these. We have held joint sessions to improve the garden surroundings and have formed a Liaison Group which meets as and when necessary to address incidents which may be related to location of a centre which exists to solve problems of addiction.
Drug dealing occurs throughout our city, some involving individual households and parts of Round Hill. We lament the loss of our dedicated Police Community Support Officer who knew our neighbourhood very well and attended our meetings.
This and previous open days have informed Round Hill residents on how members of this partnership contribute to the effort to help people regain control of their lives. Click here if you are concerned about your use of drugs &/or alcohol or would just like an insight into what the team does.
21st MAY 2016 and repeated 22nd APRIL 2017
The turnout for thie 2017 session was smaller than in 2016, though those who attended (David, Helen, Luca, Annie, Baraba, Ted) - representing both staff at Richmond House and Round Hill residents - did what was needed: weeding the flower beds at the front and side of Richmond House, pruning some of the shrubs, strimming some of the brambles and transporting weeds, twigs and excess vegetation to the bags set aside for compostable materials.
The excellent weather this April (for those who like the sun) meant that the beds were very dry, though we hope that now that we have had an acceptable clearup rain will arrive soon to help the plants to thrive.
We hope other residents will add to our numbers next time we do this - we realise that Saturday is a busy day for many. We were fortunate that such a good start was made by those who participated last year and are keen to keep the element of liaison between Pavilions and Round Hill residents going in the future.
Read (below) about the start residents - joined by staff / volunteers / service users from Pavilions - made on improving the surroundings of Richmond House last year.
Pavilions Partnership have now opened their Richmond House drug and alcohol recovery centre to the public on several occasions to ask questions, sample their work and witness their achievements in helping people recover.This page was last updated by Ted on 30-Mar-2019