£15m Lanes project gets green light

The Argus: £15m Lanes project gets green light £15m Lanes project gets green light

A £15 million plan to transform a forgotten corner of a historic part of Brighton has been given unanimous backing.

Brighton-based developer Centurion Group and West Register, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, have spent the past 18 months drawing up plans for a scheme in the heart of The Lanes.

The centrepiece will be the creation of the area’s first new lane for more than 30 years and the “liberation” of a “lost” 17th Century building.

Despite a last-minute listing of two properties, the revised plans received unanimous backing from Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee yesterday.


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Ed Allison-Wright, of Centurion Group, said: “I’m delighted that we not only had a successful result but a unanimous vote of approval.

“I’m pleased both as a stakeholder in the scheme and as a Brighton and Hove resident that we can now look forward to a much-needed major regeneration of the heart of Brighton’s Lanes.”

The scheme, which had to be dealt with in six separate planning applications, focuses on Brighton Square and a yard behind the former Hannington’s department store in North Street.

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It includes the revamp of the square as well as the creation of shops, offices, town houses and a 26-room boutique hotel leading to 115 new jobs.

A new lane will also link Meeting House Lane with Brighton Place, behind North Street.

But after a late 17th Century building known as Puget’s Cottage received Grade II listed status earlier this year, developers had to scrap demolition plans.

Instead the property, which was hidden behind an electricity sub-station, will be worked into the scheme.

In a statement issued after the meeting, the council’s planning committee chairman Phelim MacCafferty said: “In many ways The Lanes tells the story of how Brighton and Hove changed from fishing village to seaside resort.

“The narrow streets and twittens reflect the passageways of centuries ago and the buildings have grown up around them.

“Now The Lanes are set to benefit from a 21st Century Lane in an ambitious development that combines new building with a respect for the old.

“It will create jobs and homes and ensure The Lanes remain a top visitor attraction.”

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10:11am Thu 12 Dec 13

dawind says...

This sounds good...as does that delightful Sussex dialect word , twitten.
This sounds good...as does that delightful Sussex dialect word , twitten. dawind

10:14am Thu 12 Dec 13

s_james says...

This looks great – excellent use of what is currently wasted space.

Although its obviously a shame that the new lane won’t be wide enough to drive a car down – missed opportunity there…
This looks great – excellent use of what is currently wasted space. Although its obviously a shame that the new lane won’t be wide enough to drive a car down – missed opportunity there… s_james

11:21am Thu 12 Dec 13

J Hill says...

By the sounds of it the "watermelon" that is Brighton & Hove Council (green on the outside but red to the core) were quite happy to have a 17th century historical building that has very much been part of Brighton demolished so they could further line their pockets. Good job the building was listed as a Grade II earlier this year as another part of our history would have been eagerly culled by the idiots running Brighton.
By the sounds of it the "watermelon" that is Brighton & Hove Council (green on the outside but red to the core) were quite happy to have a 17th century historical building that has very much been part of Brighton demolished so they could further line their pockets. Good job the building was listed as a Grade II earlier this year as another part of our history would have been eagerly culled by the idiots running Brighton. J Hill

12:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

ShorehamBeachcomber says...

J Hill wrote:
By the sounds of it the "watermelon" that is Brighton & Hove Council (green on the outside but red to the core) were quite happy to have a 17th century historical building that has very much been part of Brighton demolished so they could further line their pockets. Good job the building was listed as a Grade II earlier this year as another part of our history would have been eagerly culled by the idiots running Brighton.
Indeed, as the caring developers wanted to demolish it why not simply give the work (& profit) to someone else ?
[quote][p][bold]J Hill[/bold] wrote: By the sounds of it the "watermelon" that is Brighton & Hove Council (green on the outside but red to the core) were quite happy to have a 17th century historical building that has very much been part of Brighton demolished so they could further line their pockets. Good job the building was listed as a Grade II earlier this year as another part of our history would have been eagerly culled by the idiots running Brighton.[/p][/quote]Indeed, as the caring developers wanted to demolish it why not simply give the work (& profit) to someone else ? ShorehamBeachcomber

1:11pm Thu 12 Dec 13

JerryOnly says...

s_james wrote:
This looks great – excellent use of what is currently wasted space.

Although its obviously a shame that the new lane won’t be wide enough to drive a car down – missed opportunity there…
HAhahaha I see what you did there...
[quote][p][bold]s_james[/bold] wrote: This looks great – excellent use of what is currently wasted space. Although its obviously a shame that the new lane won’t be wide enough to drive a car down – missed opportunity there…[/p][/quote]HAhahaha I see what you did there... JerryOnly

10:30pm Thu 12 Dec 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Lets hope they make a better job of this than the last lot did as this area has been a big eye sore for far too long.
Lets hope they make a better job of this than the last lot did as this area has been a big eye sore for far too long. getThisCoalitionOut

7:29pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Al Bion says...

Let's also hope that it is not mistakenly named as a "Laine" by bungling officials.
Let's also hope that it is not mistakenly named as a "Laine" by bungling officials. Al Bion

7:38am Sat 14 Dec 13

I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars! says...

s_james wrote:
This looks great – excellent use of what is currently wasted space.

Although its obviously a shame that the new lane won’t be wide enough to drive a car down – missed opportunity there…
Bad luck HJ

I think you have been rumbled
[quote][p][bold]s_james[/bold] wrote: This looks great – excellent use of what is currently wasted space. Although its obviously a shame that the new lane won’t be wide enough to drive a car down – missed opportunity there…[/p][/quote]Bad luck HJ I think you have been rumbled I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars!

1:38pm Sat 14 Dec 13

brighton bluenose says...

J Hill wrote:
By the sounds of it the "watermelon" that is Brighton & Hove Council (green on the outside but red to the core) were quite happy to have a 17th century historical building that has very much been part of Brighton demolished so they could further line their pockets. Good job the building was listed as a Grade II earlier this year as another part of our history would have been eagerly culled by the idiots running Brighton.
Don't let the facts get in the way of writing bulls**t eh?!
What a tw@t!!
[quote][p][bold]J Hill[/bold] wrote: By the sounds of it the "watermelon" that is Brighton & Hove Council (green on the outside but red to the core) were quite happy to have a 17th century historical building that has very much been part of Brighton demolished so they could further line their pockets. Good job the building was listed as a Grade II earlier this year as another part of our history would have been eagerly culled by the idiots running Brighton.[/p][/quote]Don't let the facts get in the way of writing bulls**t eh?! What a tw@t!! brighton bluenose

5:49pm Sat 14 Dec 13

I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars! says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
J Hill wrote:
By the sounds of it the "watermelon" that is Brighton & Hove Council (green on the outside but red to the core) were quite happy to have a 17th century historical building that has very much been part of Brighton demolished so they could further line their pockets. Good job the building was listed as a Grade II earlier this year as another part of our history would have been eagerly culled by the idiots running Brighton.
Don't let the facts get in the way of writing bulls**t eh?!
What a tw@t!!
Couldn't have picked a better label for you than the one you seem happy to use on others..

What a tw@t!
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]J Hill[/bold] wrote: By the sounds of it the "watermelon" that is Brighton & Hove Council (green on the outside but red to the core) were quite happy to have a 17th century historical building that has very much been part of Brighton demolished so they could further line their pockets. Good job the building was listed as a Grade II earlier this year as another part of our history would have been eagerly culled by the idiots running Brighton.[/p][/quote]Don't let the facts get in the way of writing bulls**t eh?! What a tw@t!![/p][/quote]Couldn't have picked a better label for you than the one you seem happy to use on others.. What a tw@t! I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars!

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