Work can finally start on £250m Brighton Marina development

The Argus: An artist's impression of the Brighton Marina development An artist's impression of the Brighton Marina development

Work on a major development worth £250 million could start in months, after the final barrier was removed.

Brunswick Developments was granted permission to build 853 flats and almost 2,000sqm of shops and leisure space in the south west corner of Brighton Marina nearly seven years ago.

After years of stalling due to the economic climate, the firm yesterday (April 24) received permission to relocate Developers claim it means they can be on site in September with the first homes ready to be |occupied within two and a half years.

Andrew Goodall, of Brunswick Developments, said: “This is the last obstacle removed and I think it’s great to be starting.

“It genuinely shows the improved belief in Brighton and Hove’s economy and Brighton Marina has an increasingly important part to play in that.

“Confidence is returning in what are nationally and globally still very difficult and challenging economic times.”

Mr Goodall said the last few underwater tests would be carried out in the next few weeks before parts were ordered.

He said a start date of September 3 had been set as he did not want to disrupt the marina during the summer months when it was at its busiest.

Underground parking

Barratt Homes is thought to be involved with the scheme although it will now only offer 10% affordable housing.

It comes after Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee approved an extension to the scheme’s underground parking plans last night.

An identical application was approved in 2007 but it expired in 2010.

Speaking against the scheme, Professor John Watts, the marina’s original architect, said: “Brighton Marina was always meant to be a microcosm of Brighton, not some offshore development site.

“We should be working to sustain and enhance the existing marine ecology and biodiversity and not destroy it.”

Marina's character

Speaking after the meeting, ward councillor Mary Mears said there were still concerns it the scheme breached the Brighton Marina Act.

Coun Mears said: “When looking south when stood on the boardwalk at low tide, one will see a concrete wall 30 metre high.

“This goes against the character of the marina.”

But Mr Goodall argued it would make the first phase of the scheme more marketable with parking provided up front rather than waiting for full completion of the development.

Talking point: To what extent do you welcome the plans to develop the marina? What concerns do you have about the scheme?

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10:17am Thu 25 Apr 13

mimseycal says...

Only 10% affordable housing? And what about the infrastructure such as schooling, doctors, police, dentists etcetera ... and as an afterthought, will they have recycling bins installed in front of these nice new blocks as they cannot claim 'Heritage Site' status.
Only 10% affordable housing? And what about the infrastructure such as schooling, doctors, police, dentists etcetera ... and as an afterthought, will they have recycling bins installed in front of these nice new blocks as they cannot claim 'Heritage Site' status. mimseycal

10:27am Thu 25 Apr 13

fred clause says...

They can't fill the shops and restaurants already there why would we need more absurd.
They can't fill the shops and restaurants already there why would we need more absurd. fred clause

10:36am Thu 25 Apr 13

mimseycal says...

This city needs affordable housing, family sized housing and one bedroom properties. It does not need more luxury flats for second home-by-the-seaside owners who will not be spending their hard earned cash locally.
This city needs affordable housing, family sized housing and one bedroom properties. It does not need more luxury flats for second home-by-the-seaside owners who will not be spending their hard earned cash locally. mimseycal

10:44am Thu 25 Apr 13

Crystal Ball says...

Asda will be busy.
Asda will be busy. Crystal Ball

11:03am Thu 25 Apr 13

Fight_Back says...

At last some sensible development getting the go ahead in this city of Nimbies.

As for :

"Coun Mears said: “When looking south when stood on the boardwalk at low tide, one will see a concrete wall 30 metre high.This goes against the character of the marina."

Has the councillor actually seen the Marina as it currently is ? HUGE concrete walls all the way around it !
At last some sensible development getting the go ahead in this city of Nimbies. As for : "Coun Mears said: “When looking south when stood on the boardwalk at low tide, one will see a concrete wall 30 metre high.This goes against the character of the marina." Has the councillor actually seen the Marina as it currently is ? HUGE concrete walls all the way around it ! Fight_Back

12:38pm Thu 25 Apr 13

olebut says...

The Marina ruined Brighton's character so anything else would be like a sea slug on a carbuncle
The Marina ruined Brighton's character so anything else would be like a sea slug on a carbuncle olebut

12:40pm Thu 25 Apr 13

rolivan says...

How about the Council spending the Council Taxes it will receive which will be in the Millions on Affordable Housing they have allowed it to go through on 10percent so they should make up the shortfall.At least spend some money on bringing empty houses into use.It isn't very Green to allow houses to sit empty whilst the nu,ber of Homeless increases and those on the waiting list wait longer and longer.
How about the Council spending the Council Taxes it will receive which will be in the Millions on Affordable Housing they have allowed it to go through on 10percent so they should make up the shortfall.At least spend some money on bringing empty houses into use.It isn't very Green to allow houses to sit empty whilst the nu,ber of Homeless increases and those on the waiting list wait longer and longer. rolivan

12:43pm Thu 25 Apr 13

rolivan says...

olebut wrote:
The Marina ruined Brighton's character so anything else would be like a sea slug on a carbuncle
It wasn't the Marina itself but the over development of the site.When Mr Cohen started the Marina Project it was supposed to be as it said on the tin.
[quote][p][bold]olebut[/bold] wrote: The Marina ruined Brighton's character so anything else would be like a sea slug on a carbuncle[/p][/quote]It wasn't the Marina itself but the over development of the site.When Mr Cohen started the Marina Project it was supposed to be as it said on the tin. rolivan

1:06pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Mark63 says...

I welcome it - just one request - use coloured concrete or paint it? The current Marina entrance and walls look dreadful like some forgotten 60s shopping precinct... not welcoming at all.... Make it more Mediterranean with white (ok Kemptown Cream) walls and keep it fresh.... Nice to see some forward movement !
I welcome it - just one request - use coloured concrete or paint it? The current Marina entrance and walls look dreadful like some forgotten 60s shopping precinct... not welcoming at all.... Make it more Mediterranean with white (ok Kemptown Cream) walls and keep it fresh.... Nice to see some forward movement ! Mark63

1:20pm Thu 25 Apr 13

John Steed says...

dick hodges, the original chairman of the marina company always said that money would only be made out the marina developement by property development, not by tying up boats, he wasnt wrong, its not about whats good or bad for brighton, or even the marina. Its about what makes money, and that means bricks and mortar. it irrelevant if they are owned by locals or who ever, its just important they sell, & the buyers pay rates. keeps developers and councils happy.
the idea of it being a microcosm of brighton was fine in the early 70's but things have changed in the last 40 years, unless of course we are talking about the colour of concrete
dick hodges, the original chairman of the marina company always said that money would only be made out the marina developement by property development, not by tying up boats, he wasnt wrong, its not about whats good or bad for brighton, or even the marina. Its about what makes money, and that means bricks and mortar. it irrelevant if they are owned by locals or who ever, its just important they sell, & the buyers pay rates. keeps developers and councils happy. the idea of it being a microcosm of brighton was fine in the early 70's but things have changed in the last 40 years, unless of course we are talking about the colour of concrete John Steed

1:25pm Thu 25 Apr 13

pleasantlydisturbed says...

Quote
“When looking south when stood on the boardwalk at low tide, one will see a concrete wall 30 metre high.

“This goes against the character of the marina.”

What exactly is the "character" of the marina?
Quote “When looking south when stood on the boardwalk at low tide, one will see a concrete wall 30 metre high. “This goes against the character of the marina.” What exactly is the "character" of the marina? pleasantlydisturbed

1:49pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Tallywhacker says...

Isn't the boardwalk by the marina still closed? It isn't a really attractive or modern build anyway just a lot of blocks with a concrete surround, hardly super modern or original.
Isn't the boardwalk by the marina still closed? It isn't a really attractive or modern build anyway just a lot of blocks with a concrete surround, hardly super modern or original. Tallywhacker

5:24pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Arriseme says...

Can anyone tell me if this development involves the demolition of the present Marina multi-storey car park? It’s the free four hour parking that draws many to the Marina restaurants at the moment, but if we get sky-high money NCP at any replacement or they start charging a la Green city council when the new development opens, there will be more restaurants than customers.
Can anyone tell me if this development involves the demolition of the present Marina multi-storey car park? It’s the free four hour parking that draws many to the Marina restaurants at the moment, but if we get sky-high money NCP at any replacement or they start charging a la Green city council when the new development opens, there will be more restaurants than customers. Arriseme

5:02pm Fri 26 Apr 13

djwbrighton says...

Arriseme wrote:
Can anyone tell me if this development involves the demolition of the present Marina multi-storey car park? It’s the free four hour parking that draws many to the Marina restaurants at the moment, but if we get sky-high money NCP at any replacement or they start charging a la Green city council when the new development opens, there will be more restaurants than customers.
It does not include changing the multistorey carpark, its built on land reclaimed from the outer harbour 'beach,' behind the bowling alley and gym buildings. It doesnt hardly effect the existing marina at all as its an 'extension.' I hope this developement will spur on other ideas for 'Asda' area including the flyovers.
[quote][p][bold]Arriseme[/bold] wrote: Can anyone tell me if this development involves the demolition of the present Marina multi-storey car park? It’s the free four hour parking that draws many to the Marina restaurants at the moment, but if we get sky-high money NCP at any replacement or they start charging a la Green city council when the new development opens, there will be more restaurants than customers.[/p][/quote]It does not include changing the multistorey carpark, its built on land reclaimed from the outer harbour 'beach,' behind the bowling alley and gym buildings. It doesnt hardly effect the existing marina at all as its an 'extension.' I hope this developement will spur on other ideas for 'Asda' area including the flyovers. djwbrighton

8:53am Tue 30 Apr 13

Joshiman says...

Brighton Marina is probably the ugliest development in the UK.
Brighton Marina is probably the ugliest development in the UK. Joshiman

10:35am Tue 30 Apr 13

minnie&teddy says...

why are people SO critical about new building schemes this has been expected for a long time and it will be less of an eyesore than how it looks now its been too long waiting for something to begin its good news.
why are people SO critical about new building schemes this has been expected for a long time and it will be less of an eyesore than how it looks now its been too long waiting for something to begin its good news. minnie&teddy

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