More damage to Marlborough House
Marlborough House in the Old Steine in Brighton is often referred to as the second most important historic property in the city, after the Royal Pavilion. Nick Tyson explains the sad story behind its recent delapidation and the sorry condition it is in today. We call on the Council and Historic England to intervene. Read more
The Waterfront Project
We've written before about the proposed new conference centre at Black Rock and the associated plan to demolish the Brighton Centre and Kingswest complex to make way for an enlarged Churchill Square shopping centre. We're worried about a number of aspects of this scheme, but most of all we are concerned that the Council may be about to sign and agreement with Standard Life Investments without providing an opportunity for local groups to comment on this scheme which could have far-reaching consequences for the town centre as well as Black Rock. Read more
Toad's Hole Valley
The Council has issued a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the proposed Toad's Hole Valley development. We supported this development in principal in the City Plan, but we have a number of concerns about this new document. It does not offer sufficient guidance to developers, and we think a proper masterplan is needed. Read more
A new management arrangement is put in place for the Royal Pavilion and Museums
The Council has decided to form a Trust to manage the Royal Pavilion and Museums. We reflect on a 70 year relationship between the Royal Pavilion and the Regency Society. Read more
Court Farm development approved
Brighton and Hove has approved an application for a new development at Court Farm, adjacent to the proposed development site at Toads Hole Valley. We're supporting the scheme. Read more
Is Brighton and Hove grinding to a halt?
New Delia Forester considers the story of many recent schemes and proposals which do not seem to be going anywhere at the moment, and evaluates the pros and cons Read more
A new idea for the Sackville Hotel site
New Hyde Housing Association proposed in 2015 to construct a 17 storey block of flats on the site of the former Sackville Hotel on Kingsway in Hove. We objected on the grounds that it was much too high and the density too great. They've now come up with a new suggestion - only 9 storeys this time, but we still have concerns about the massing, and would like to see a much less bland, run of the mill scheme more in keeping with these elegant surroundings. Read more
Old Town Conservation Area Character Statement
Brighton's Old Town Conservation Area (the area bounded by North Street, West Street, East Street and the sea-front) has a draft character statement - an important document which draws attention to its historic and architectural importance and highlights the risks. We think it is excellent. Read more
Proposals for Preston Barracks site
A group of committee members have been shown details of proposals to upgrade this large site. We like the strategy but have reservations about the architecture. Read more
Proposals from the John Lewis Partnership for their Brighton store
A group of committee members attended a briefing about plans from the John Lewis Partnership for their store on the site currently occupied by Boots on the corner of North Street and Queens Road. We've written with comments about the design. Read more
Our comments on the City Plan Part 2
The council is currently seeking comments on the scoping document for the City Plan Part 2. This follows and adds detail to Part 1 of the Plan, published in March this year, which sets out the strategic policy framework for the Council until 2030. We have commented on 3 topics in the scoping document for the City Plan part 2: Housing, Design and Student Housing. Read our comments here
Two new housing schemes for Hove
We shall be supporting two new proposals for housing and mixed use development in Hove: on Ellen Street and the Texaco Garage site on Kingsway. Read more
Tour to Northumbria now fully booked
Donation to Hove PlinthWe've decided to donate £250 to Hove Civic Society for their innovative scheme to build a plinth for contemporary sculpture on Kings Esplanade opposite the statue of Queen Victoria. The first three works have already been chosen Read more about this scheme here. 70% of funds have been promised alreaady - you can make a donation. Read more
2016/17 lectures and events programme
We have a rich and varied lectures and events programme lined up for the current season. Read more...
Rebuilding the Shelter Hall
The Council is planning to completely rebuild the Shelter Hall and move it slightly nearer to the sea in a plan to shore up and improve the A259 at the junction with West Street. Read more
New plan for Anston House site
Tour to Downing College Cambridge
The Mayor pays compliments at the Garden Party
New vision for Madeira Terraces
The Council has recently announced a new proposal for Madeira Terraces. We welcome the principle of the proposals but await further detail about the replacement of the ironwork and the way the new structure will relate to the sea-front Read more
Hove Library and Museum
The Council has decided not to approve the plan to sell the Hove Library building. We are very pleased to hear this as we were unhappy about former plans to move the library to the Museum building. Read more...
The Royal Pavilion under new management?
Plans to set up a trust to manage the Royal Pavilion and Museums have been abandoned and a new external management body is to be sought. Read more
The Council is planning to build a conference and events centre at Black Rock. This proposal recently received cross party support. We have concerns about it. Read more
Roger Hinton appears on TV
Our Chairman has given an interivew to Latest TV about our views on the Hove Museum, the Waterfront Project and other matters of current concern to us. You can see the programme here
The crisis of architecture
Renowned neo-classical architect Quinlan Terry gave the 2016 Antony Dale lecture on 9th March. Read more ...
Taken a shine to the i360?
It's certainly imposing but it's not, so far, quite what was expected. The publicity images for the i360 show a shining pole, glinting in the sun. The current reality is rather more dull on most days. So we asked the architect why. Here's what he has to say. Read more...
New housing in Rottingdean
The old St Aubyns school playing fields is the site where Lindon Homes has proposed developing into 10 new private houses and a 62 bed care home. We believe that were this to go ahead, it would be a huge missed opportunity to help solve the city's housing needs. Read more...
How to mistreat a fine building
Regeneration of London Road
It's one thing to have a city plan and quite another to get it implemented. Planners don't build house – developers do. Read more...
Meet housing target by filling in the gaps
Making the most of new sites
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