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Hove's Lansdowne Place Hotel could be turned into 50 new homes
9:15am Tuesday 28th January 2014 in News
A historic Hove hotel could be turned into 50 homes after developers submitted plans.
The Lansdowne Place Hotel in Lansdowne Place, Hove, went into administration in January last year but administrators KPMG want to turn it into homes, including a new penthouse floor.
KPMG has said keeping the business as a hotel is not viable, given the location and the current economic climate. It called in architects Morgan Carn Partnership to draw up the new scheme.
As part of its planning application to Brighton and Hove City Council, KPMG has submitted a 28-page “urban design analysis” report covering how the plans would fit into the Brunswick Town Conservation Area.
As part of the development the hotel building would be used for apartments and a series of mews-type houses would be built at the rear, along with a courtyard.
The planning report also explains the proposed creation of a new penthouse level on the hotel.
It states: “The current roofscape is set behind parapet walls, as with most buildings in the area. It is proposed to replace the current pitched roofs with a new penthouse floor. Detailed view analysis has shown that it is sensitive to both the local context and wider views.
“Given the consolidated nature and scale of Brunswick Town the design solution for the penthouse floor is for an elegant pavilion which is delightful from close glimpsed views; merges with surrounding roof forms from slightly longer local views; and is not appreciable from longer views.”
The plans also include a new garden area, 13 underground car park spaces and secure cycle racks for 68 bikes.
Planning policy requires 40% of the development to include affordable housing.
The hotel site originally dates back to 1854 and was once a series of school boarding houses, before becoming the Dudley Hotel and finally changing its name to the Lansdowne Place Hotel.
According to a report from KPMG, the hotel owed its bank, Santander UK, close to £9 million. The report also reveals the hotel owed £16,000 to people who had booked functions at the hotel, including weddings. It also owed £10,000 to people who had bought gift vouchers.
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