Plans to transform Brighton's Hippodrome must be resubmitted

The Argus: Plans to transform Brighton's Hippodrome must be resubmitted Plans to transform Brighton's Hippodrome must be resubmitted

Developers have to resubmit £35 million plans to bring a historic theatre back into use.

After 18 months in planning Alaska Development Consultants has submitted designs to turn the Grade II* listed Brighton Hippodrome into an eight-screen cinema.

Brighton and Hove City Council has told the developers the application is not valid as they need more details on how listed elements of the building will be protected.

It comes as hundreds of people are calling for the venue, which has hosted performances by The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, to be kept as a live performance theatre.

A petition of more than 1,000 signatures will be presented to the council's economic development committee yesterday.

A spokeswoman from Brighton and Hove City Council said: "The application is invalid and we look forwarding to receiving all the information to make it valid."

Developers said work on the wide-ranging proposals, which also include remodelling the neighbouring shopping arcade of Dukes Lane, could start next summer.


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2:04pm Fri 24 Jan 14

notaconspiracy says...

I worked there while I was at college, 30 years ago, when it was a bingo hall.

Impressive-looking place, but tired-looking. Preserving listed-status is all very well, but preventing the building from becoming another derelict is more important, I think.
I worked there while I was at college, 30 years ago, when it was a bingo hall. Impressive-looking place, but tired-looking. Preserving listed-status is all very well, but preventing the building from becoming another derelict is more important, I think. notaconspiracy

1:18pm Sat 25 Jan 14

nemenator says...

I worked there as well, and we all knew about Mecca having to quickly restore the place if they left. That added to its buzz, that we, mere Bingo workers, were actually in show business. The building is priceless and awesome, especially behind stage.
I hated the initial look of the plans, but actually when I saw them I was impressed especially that the Mecca clause was retained. The 8 cinemas are pre-assembled and removable. Exactly how remains to be seen. And let the clause be written in blood- that the cost of reverting to a theatre is ring fenced so that in the event of insolvency those cinemas are removed.
I worked there as well, and we all knew about Mecca having to quickly restore the place if they left. That added to its buzz, that we, mere Bingo workers, were actually in show business. The building is priceless and awesome, especially behind stage. I hated the initial look of the plans, but actually when I saw them I was impressed especially that the Mecca clause was retained. The 8 cinemas are pre-assembled and removable. Exactly how remains to be seen. And let the clause be written in blood- that the cost of reverting to a theatre is ring fenced so that in the event of insolvency those cinemas are removed. nemenator

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