Research by the British Council of Offices indicates that the potential contribution that a building can make to society is significantly higher where there is a comprehensive social value strategy that covers every stage of the life cycle of that development. The case of the Edward Street Quarter project is a great example of how success can be reached by taking social value into consideration in the planning process.
Social Value remains a relatively new concept to many planning authorities however, for us the consideration of social value is at the heart of the planning system which is fundamentally about the planning and regulation of land to secure the houses and work places a society requires, and as such, operates in the wider public good (i.e. creating social value) rather than that of the private individual or organisation.
First Base and Patron Capital are proposing a new mixed-use scheme that will deliver 168 new homes, 160,000 square feet of offices alongside space for independent coffee shops and restaurants, bringing over 2,000 jobs into the city and reviving this part of Brighton.