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Developer’s plan for a community garden in Brighton
A developer aims to raise the roof with a community project.
A community garden and arts venue is to take temporary root at the Circus Street development in Brighton.
Developers the Cathedral Group want to create a garden in the former wholesale fruit and veg market, pictured.
The project will include removing a square metre section of the roof, allowing a 12m elm tree to protrude from the building.
The move would allow in more light for planted beds inside. These would be supervised by a professional gardener, with help from the community and council Organisers are promising “intimate cultural events” around the garden, including art exhibitions, lectures on sustainability, poetry, film and performance.
There would also be ten ‘enterprise pods’ aimed at start-up businesses.
The developer said that apart from the roof, there would be no other physical changes to the site. No cooking would be allowed on the premises – and no additional parking.
The number of days when one-off art events could be held would be restricted to 85 – fewer than under a previous approval for temporary use in 2010.
Arts events can only take place between 9am and 11pm.
The planning permission is for two years.
Planning committee chair Councillor Phelim MacCafferty said: “This use of the old municipal market on 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.”
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