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Brighton hotel approved on former ice rink site

Brighton hotel approved on former ice rink site

The Brighton Council’s planning committee has approved plans for a new hotel on the site of a former ice rink in Brighton. The Light Brighton had applied to demolish the rink, which is situated in Queen Square near the Brighton Clock Tower, and build a five-storey ApartHotel with 56 serviced apartments. The new scheme includes [...]

Eastside development wins against Railway Quay plans – new Asda for Newhaven

Eastside development wins against Railway Quay plans - new Asda for Newhaven

Wednesday 23 May saw the Lewes District Council Planning Committee decide on the best of the two multimillion pound plans to regenerate part of the east side of the key port town. Asda and Barrett Homes were given permission by majority vote to create a supermarket, 14 commercial units and 190 homes including 48 ‘affordable [...]

Hove flats plan approved after four year battle

A four year planning permission battle ended yesterday (Wednesday 4 April 2012) when city councillors approved a plan by The Hyde Group to provide 71 new flats in Hove. The plans for the former Bellerby’s College site of Park House on Old Shoreham Road were denied in 2008 and 2009 after objections by local residents, [...]

Caroline Lucas MP: “We need to see an end to blatant discrimination in the housing market”

The Green Party holds that young people in Brighton and Hove who receive state support to help cover their housing costs are being edged out of the city’s private rented sector thanks to letting agents’ refusal to take them on – and government cuts to housing benefit. A survey of 35 local letting agents carried [...]

Shoreham Harbour eco-housing development refused

Shoreham Harbour eco-housing development refused

An eco-housing development at Shoreham Harbour has been unanimously refused by Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee. The development was refused on Wednesday 22 February 2012 for being too noisy, too tall and having an overbearing impact, the council said. Harbour View Developments had applied to build 67 flats in six linked blocks, rising [...]

£80m regeneration of Circus Street market on the cards

£80m regeneration of Circus Street market on the cards

An £80m regeneration of a derelict fruit and veg market in central Brighton will create an extra 170 full-time jobs and inject £150m into the local economy over the next ten years. The new agreement between the developers and the council will see the site, on Circus Street, brought back to life. In 2007 a [...]

Brighton playground fight ends up in court

Brighton playground fight ends up in court

The battle to make sure that Brighton’s New England Quarter gets a new children’s playground is to move to court next month. Brighton and Hove City Council has been forced to take legal action after Developers McAleer and Rushe Group and landowners Albion Inns LTd and Cookstown Developments Ltd failed to build the playground on [...]

Ethical lender provides £1.5m in home improvement loans

Not-for-profit organisation, Parity Trust, have provided over £1.5million to home owners who have needed financial assistance to repair and modify their homes since the Home Trust Loan scheme began in 2005. Working in partnership with 16 Local Authorities across the south coast, the Home Trust Loan provides home owners with low interest, fixed rate loans [...]

Hove architects win RIBA Downland Prize 2011

Hove architects win RIBA Downland Prize 2011

On Tuesday 15 November, Mark Pellant and Abi Torr of Koru Architects, Hove, were announced as the winners of the Sustainability category of the Downland Prize, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) small projects prize for architects in south east England. Mark and Abi’s submitted project, their own family house and studio in Hove [...]

Brighton’s Astoria cinema to be demolished

Brighton’s Astoria cinema to be demolished

Brighton’s Grade II listed Astoria cinema is to be demolished on the grounds that it is ‘genuinely redundant’. The Astoria, built at Gloucester Place near St Peter’s Church in Brighton in 1933, will be demolished after no viable scheme could be found to restore it. A report to Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee [...]

The Save Saltdean Lido Campaign calls for Council debate on the future of the lido

The Save Saltdean Lido Campaign has launched a Brighton & Hove Council e-petition which has over 2,000 signatures online and hundreds on paper copies already. The campaign group are asking the City Council to commence urgent proceedings against the lease-holder which they hope will result in forfeiture from the current lease-holder Dennis Audley.  The petition [...]

Buy to let investors target ‘safe’ investments in Brighton & Hove

With rents continuing to boom nationwide, more and more investors are turning to the buy to let market to maximise the return from their money. BDRC’s recent landlords panel study shows that rents have risen by 4.7% over the last 3 months with further growth forecasted. Private Landlords are particularly targeting areas which are seen [...]

Caroline Lucas calls for major housing improvement programme

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas has called for an ambitious energy efficiency improvement programme to be phased in to encourage affordable heated homes for everyone. Speaking at an event in Brighton, the Brighton Pavilion MP, used the plight of tenants in her constituency who are suffering as a result of poor energy efficiency. Mrs Lucas [...]

Kirby welcomes money for pothole repair

Pothole

Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will give over £100 million to councils for pothole repair. The Government’s move has been welcomed by the AA who estimate that, if the £100 million is used entirely for roads, it will repair 1.5 million potholes. The money [...]

Open Market plans approved

Approval has been granted to provide dozens of affordable homes and a continental style market in the London Road area of Brighton. Redevelopment work at Open Market will now see 44 permanent market stalls and a central square built on the site, paid for by 87 affordable homes. Building work looks set to commence in [...]