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Developer stands by its Anston site plans
The developer behind multi-million pound plans to demolish Brighton’s ugliest building claims to be committed to the scheme, despite reporting financial problems.
Urban Splash currently has plans being considered by Brighton and Hove City Council to demolish Anston House on Preston Road and build homes and office space up to 15 storeys high.
But accounts filed by the company showed pre-tax losses of 2011/12 of £15.4million, up 64% on the previous year.
The company lost 25 of its staff, dropping from 142 to 117 employees from 2011 to 2012.
A spokeswoman for Urban Splash acknowledged the debts and said: “We remain committed to the scheme in Brighton.”
In a statement Urban Splash said: “We have a strong brand, which is rare in the property sector, and we are hopeful that we can conclude our negotiations with the banks in the next few months, putting the group on a sound financial platform for the forseeable future.”
It is hoped the plans will be put in front of Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee in the coming weeks.
The scheme, if given the go ahead, will see 231 homes and more than 2,000sqm of office space built on the currently derelict 1.5 acre site.
Campaigners against the scheme, who believe the planned project is too big and too high, are meeting on Tuesday from 8pm at St Luke’s Church to discuss the plans.
They are supported in their objections by The Brighton Society, The Preston and Patcham Society, residents of Dyke Road Drive and The Prestonville Community Association whose members are all concerned about plans for the site that overlooks Preston Park, a Grade II listed parkland.
Objector and Dyke Road Drive resident Allan Grainger said: “Anston House might be an ugly building but we don’t want to replace it with a grotesque monster.
“We don’t want Brighton to become a mini London with lots of skyscrapers.
“We’re not against development but we want it to be appropriate.”
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