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Community garden will take root in Brighton market hall
11:12am Sunday 21st July 2013 in News
A community garden and arts venue will take temporary root in a market hall.
Developers Cathedral Group will run the venue in the former wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Circus Street, off Grand Parade, Brighton, for a maximum of two years.
This is as it finalises larger proposals for a £100 million redevelopment scheme of the wider area. The scheme is expected to create more than 600 jobs and put £11 million a year into the economy.
Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee approved the temporary plans at its meeting on Wednesday.
Phelim MacCafferty, chairman of the planning committee, said: “This use of the old municipal market in Circus Street will hopefully glimpse a better future for this area.
“Putting the building to good use while the conversation about development continues with the city makes complete sense.
“The new design will bring the community in this area of the city a garden and will provide a calendar of cultural events.”
The project will include removing a 288sqm section of the roof allowing a 12 metre elm tree to protrude from the building. A professional gardener will oversee planted beds which will be established inside the giant hall.
Organisers are promising “intimate cultural events” around the garden, including art exhibitions, lectures, poetry, film and performance.
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