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VIDEO: £5m spa vision unveiled for Brighton seafront
A leisure group has unveiled its proposals for a £5 million luxury spa on the busiest stretch of Brighton’s seafront.
Karma Royal Group wants to move Volk’s Railway to make way for the development.
The route of the railway was altered in 2006 to make room for the Yellowave Beach and cafe.
Now Karma Royal plans to move it again, closer to its original 1883 route.
The plan will be unveiled on Saturday, March 2 at the Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery in Kings Road.
The proposals will be on show from 11am to 4pm.
The exhibition will provide details of the new attraction including a physical model, a 3D animation and information-posters.
Karma Royal was chosen by the council as its preferred developer of the Peter Pan site, off Madeira Drive.
'Revitalise Madeira Drive'
A council report said the scheme would create 300 jobs and inject £10 million a year into the local economy.
Karma Royal is based in Australia and describes its properties as “uber-upmarket, five-star offerings”. The owner of Karma Royal is John Spence.
Revitalise According to a Financial Times profile, Mr Spence started his first business venture when he was 12.
He told the newspaper he bought bags of wine gums, rewrapped them and sold them at a 120 per cent profit.
A spokesman for Karma Royal said: “Brighton Bathing Pavilions will help revitalise this end of Madeira Drive with a new purpose built attraction all year round.
“The proposal is designed for longevity, not only in use but also in substance.”
Geoffrey Bowden, the chair of the council’s economic development and culture committee said: “The possibility of moving the railway as part of the development of a spa was part of a presentation made to the council by Karma Royal Group last year.
“However, as with the development itself it must first gain planning consent and should a realignment of the Volk’s railway track be included in a successful application, I expect it will be subject to conditions as happened with Yellowave.”
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