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Office space in Brighton exempt from planning condition

The Argus: Office space in Brighton exempt from planning relaxation Office space in Brighton exempt from planning relaxation

OFFICE space in parts of Brighton will be exempt from being converted into homes.

Members of Brighton and Hove City Council confirmed a direction which means developers must obtain planning permission to change the use of offices to residential in central Brighton, New England Quarter and London Road, as well as the Edward Street Quarter and City Park office sites.

Councillor Jason Kitcat, chairman of the policy and resources committee, said: “We recognise the need for new homes in the city, but converting offices into housing in key employment areas means the space is no longer there to create the employment opportunities the city will need over the next 20 years.”

Property experts criticised the move for restricting development.

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5:02pm Tue 17 Jun 14

RottingdeanRant says...

Didn’t realise there was a shortage of office space!
Didn’t realise there was a shortage of office space! RottingdeanRant
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9:05pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Kate234 says...

Great news. It is really difficult finding office space already and at least this means fewer people will have to commute up to London to work.
Great news. It is really difficult finding office space already and at least this means fewer people will have to commute up to London to work. Kate234
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7:41am Wed 18 Jun 14

qm says...

"Property experts criticised the move for restricting development."

For "property experts" read avaricious money grabbing miscreants who give not a toss for the interests of a balanced community! "Property experts are up there with politicians, lawyers and estate agents who infest our community with the enthusiasm of rampant campylobacter in the gut of our financial wellbeing and are equally if not more loathsome!
"Property experts criticised the move for restricting development." For "property experts" read avaricious money grabbing miscreants who give not a toss for the interests of a balanced community! "Property experts are up there with politicians, lawyers and estate agents who infest our community with the enthusiasm of rampant campylobacter in the gut of our financial wellbeing and are equally if not more loathsome! qm
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8:24am Wed 18 Jun 14

HJarrs says...

qm wrote:
"Property experts criticised the move for restricting development."

For "property experts" read avaricious money grabbing miscreants who give not a toss for the interests of a balanced community! "Property experts are up there with politicians, lawyers and estate agents who infest our community with the enthusiasm of rampant campylobacter in the gut of our financial wellbeing and are equally if not more loathsome!
A most excellent post.
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: "Property experts criticised the move for restricting development." For "property experts" read avaricious money grabbing miscreants who give not a toss for the interests of a balanced community! "Property experts are up there with politicians, lawyers and estate agents who infest our community with the enthusiasm of rampant campylobacter in the gut of our financial wellbeing and are equally if not more loathsome![/p][/quote]A most excellent post. HJarrs
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3:11pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Fozborn says...

Well there we have the very helpful views of H Jarrs. (Un)official mouthpiece of the Green Party who never tries to look at how complex issues are inter connected but simply espouses Citizen Smith naïve radicalism. A man who now believes that property experts can be likened to the campylobacter in the gut of our financial wellbeing. I hope he remembers that next time he needs an architect or a planning consultant or a surveyor etc.
There are undoubtedly floors in a policy of complete free movement between office and residential property. However the old policy and that promoted by Mr Kitkat and his friends has failed on two fronts. Firstly its failed to deliver adequate housing for the population of Brighton & Hove. Prices of homes have rocketed largely due to the restricted supply. Secondly new offices fit for the 21st century have not been delivered. By artificially keeping obsolete office buildings in office use (and thus often vacant) prices have been depressed and new development has not been financially viable. Office rents and values are not greatly different to the levels of 20 years ago despite wages increasing by 2 to 3 fold in that time.

So instead of trying to revert to the old policy that hasn't delivered why doesn't our local authority try and come up with new ideas that might? For starters getting a grip on the planning department and planning policy to make it a force for change rather than an obstacle to progress.
Well there we have the very helpful views of H Jarrs. (Un)official mouthpiece of the Green Party who never tries to look at how complex issues are inter connected but simply espouses Citizen Smith naïve radicalism. A man who now believes that property experts can be likened to the campylobacter in the gut of our financial wellbeing. I hope he remembers that next time he needs an architect or a planning consultant or a surveyor etc. There are undoubtedly floors in a policy of complete free movement between office and residential property. However the old policy and that promoted by Mr Kitkat and his friends has failed on two fronts. Firstly its failed to deliver adequate housing for the population of Brighton & Hove. Prices of homes have rocketed largely due to the restricted supply. Secondly new offices fit for the 21st century have not been delivered. By artificially keeping obsolete office buildings in office use (and thus often vacant) prices have been depressed and new development has not been financially viable. Office rents and values are not greatly different to the levels of 20 years ago despite wages increasing by 2 to 3 fold in that time. So instead of trying to revert to the old policy that hasn't delivered why doesn't our local authority try and come up with new ideas that might? For starters getting a grip on the planning department and planning policy to make it a force for change rather than an obstacle to progress. Fozborn
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