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Brighton's Diplocks Yard under threat from office plans

The Argus: Diplocks Yard Diplocks Yard

The future of Brighton's Diplocks Yard appears uncertain after plans have been submitted to convert it into office space.

The ramshackle yard off Brighton's North Road is currently home to a popular weekend farmers' market but developers want to convert the space into eight office units.

Organisers of the market say they don't fear for the immediate future but traders have raised concerns about the potential loss of a unique space.

The site was formerly a barrow yard and for 60 years until 1975 was used a site where barrows or hand trucks were hired out to totters or rag-and-bone men.

It has been home to a farmers market since August 2010 and was home to vintage market The Yard between 2011 and last summer following a change of ownership of the site.

The site was hailed as an exemplar of its kind by then Government minister Don Foster in 2012.

Maxine Michaelides, who ran The Yard vintage market, said: “I think it will be extremely sad, a waste and unnecessary. The yard is a connection to old Brighton and what residents want.

“I would like to see it remain as it is and be developed into a seven day a week market. The Lanes and Brighton would benefit from a market staying there.

“There are a lot of creative people in Brighton and the yard gave them an affordable place to sell their items.”

A spokesman for Farm, which runs the market as well as a cafe further down North Road, said they were not making any contingency plans just yet and that it would remain business as usual until they were told otherwise.

He said: “I don't envision anything happening here for a couple of years.

“There have been plans before and they have fallen through so we will just keep going.

“It is a very unique space and it would be a shame if it was lost.

“I don't see how they will convert it and it is quite complicated, somebody else owns the front door so that could take a while to sort out.”

Brighton-based CJ Planning have drawn up plans for the conversion on behalf of Sussex Property Investments Ltd.

The 310 square metres of office space is proposed to be arranged as eight individual units with units set over two floors with the upper half as a mezzanine and two ground floor only units.

Developers say that traditional small office and workshop space has been lost in the area meaning the cost of renting space within the newly developed commercial space is prohibitive for the small business market.

A decision is expected on April 23.

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8:40am Wed 19 Mar 14

MICKY389 says...

Another dismal office development sucking even more life and character out
Of Brighton
Another dismal office development sucking even more life and character out Of Brighton MICKY389
  • Score: 30

9:01am Wed 19 Mar 14

Joshiman says...

MICKY389 wrote:
Another dismal office development sucking even more life and character out
Of Brighton
Totally agree.
[quote][p][bold]MICKY389[/bold] wrote: Another dismal office development sucking even more life and character out Of Brighton[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Joshiman
  • Score: 21

9:18am Wed 19 Mar 14

sabbat36 says...

not needed. areas like portslade,whitehawk, moulsecoomb have trading estates with vacant buildings and ample parking PLUS lower rates.

Build homes for working people elsewhere also.

Both these ideas are sensible and would take the pressure off the city centre and retain a great little market space.
not needed. areas like portslade,whitehawk, moulsecoomb have trading estates with vacant buildings and ample parking PLUS lower rates. Build homes for working people elsewhere also. Both these ideas are sensible and would take the pressure off the city centre and retain a great little market space. sabbat36
  • Score: 12

9:25am Wed 19 Mar 14

WKWWA. says...

Was used by Tatters I'd say, not Totters.
Was used by Tatters I'd say, not Totters. WKWWA.
  • Score: -4

9:28am Wed 19 Mar 14

Jo Wadsworth says...

WKWWA. wrote:
Was used by Tatters I'd say, not Totters.
This website (and many others according to a quick Google) would disagree:

http://www.worldwide
words.org/weirdwords
/ww-tot1.htm
[quote][p][bold]WKWWA.[/bold] wrote: Was used by Tatters I'd say, not Totters.[/p][/quote]This website (and many others according to a quick Google) would disagree: http://www.worldwide words.org/weirdwords /ww-tot1.htm Jo Wadsworth
  • Score: 0

10:51am Wed 19 Mar 14

brightonaire says...

More office space... like the offices built on the site of the old feathers pub 30 years ago snd have never been let
More office space... like the offices built on the site of the old feathers pub 30 years ago snd have never been let brightonaire
  • Score: 12

3:56pm Wed 19 Mar 14

brightonpip says...

It would be terrible to lose another part of brightens history for the sake of a few more unnecessary offices, when there seems to be so many empty offices to let nearby. This market adds character to the north laines and provides an important services to the many people living nearby who prefer to buy fresh local market produce from friendly local suppliers.
It would be terrible to lose another part of brightens history for the sake of a few more unnecessary offices, when there seems to be so many empty offices to let nearby. This market adds character to the north laines and provides an important services to the many people living nearby who prefer to buy fresh local market produce from friendly local suppliers. brightonpip
  • Score: 11

7:34am Sun 6 Apr 14

maxwyshe says...

People need to be aware that Diplocks yard ( next to the guitar and amp shop on north road) is open 7 days a week from 10am. There are an assortment of stalls selling vintage clothes, upholstery fabrics, antiques, and reasonably priced 2nd hand furniture books and records etc its not just a fruit and veg stall as some people think. Its like the tardis behind the fruit stall ! Brighton.olives have also recently opened there 7days a week and on Saturdays there is also an organic butcher a local fishmonger and natural raw honey seller as well as a fantastic weekend cafe. For those of us working there I would urge people to come and visit us . By supporting this unique market you will help keep the developers at bay :)
People need to be aware that Diplocks yard ( next to the guitar and amp shop on north road) is open 7 days a week from 10am. There are an assortment of stalls selling vintage clothes, upholstery fabrics, antiques, and reasonably priced 2nd hand furniture books and records etc its not just a fruit and veg stall as some people think. Its like the tardis behind the fruit stall ! Brighton.olives have also recently opened there 7days a week and on Saturdays there is also an organic butcher a local fishmonger and natural raw honey seller as well as a fantastic weekend cafe. For those of us working there I would urge people to come and visit us . By supporting this unique market you will help keep the developers at bay :) maxwyshe
  • Score: 0

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