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£15m scheme for Brighton's Lanes is unveiled
A £15 million scheme to reshape Brighton’s famous Lanes has been unveiled.
Property developer Centurion Group and the RBS Global Restructuring Group have submitted plans for a comprehensive overhaul in the heart of the old city.
The two schemes, if approved, will create more than 115 new jobs and will feature the first new lane in the area for more than 30 years.
A new chapter RBS is seeking the council’s permission to build a new lane, to be called Hanningtons Lane, between Brighton Place and Meeting House Lane, replacing the old, part-derelict Hanningtons Department Store service yard and providing new links to North Street and Brighton Square.
The Timpson locksmith and shoe repair shop on North Street will be demolished and rebuilt on a smaller scale to make way for the new lane.
The scheme also features the Centurion Group’s plans for new residential and office accommodation with 15 new shops and a boutique hotel on Brighton Place.
Ed Allison-Wright, director at Centurion Group in Brighton Square, said: “After a year of due diligence and a successful pre-application consultation with traders and other key local stakeholders, providing valuable feedback that has enabled us to inform our design, we have submitted plans for a regeneration scheme that is aimed at marking the start of a new chapter for the heart of The Lanes.
“Brighton Square has lost some of its vibrancy and attraction, partly due to the success of the cultural quarter and North Laine, but also due to the lack of evolution and adaptation to the part derelict service yard, which has somewhat lost its spark in today’s market.
“Centurion Group’s connection with Brighton Square has spanned generations, as its original developer in the 1960s was Charles Hunnisett, the grandfather of our current executive chairman, Charles Draycott.
“We therefore seek to meet life-long ambitions for the group in relation to the Brighton Square portfolio, through implementing this scheme.”
Joss Brushfield, director in RBS Global Restructuring Group, said: “The proposed development will bring disused storage and service areas into economic use, generating jobs, attracting shoppers and tourists and creating economic and physical regeneration in the heart of Brighton.
“The design and quality needs to be of the highest standards in order to make this work with the rest of the Lanes and we are working in close co-operation with architects, Morgan Carn, agents Ellis & Partners and development managers Landid to ensure that we deliver the very best development, as Brighton deserves.”