Demolition of historic cinema ‘set for approval’

The Kissing Policemen on the old Astoria Cinema, which is a copy of Banksy’s artwork on Brighton’s Prince Albert pub

The Kissing Policemen on the old Astoria Cinema, which is a copy of Banksy’s artwork on Brighton’s Prince Albert pub

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THE redevelopment of a historic cinema site looks set to get underway after more than two years’ intermission.

Brighton and Hove City councillors are being encouraged to grant plans for the demolition of the Grade II listed Astoria and transformation into a six-storey office, restaurant and residential block.

Initial consent for the renovation of the site in Gloucester Place, Brighton, was granted in 2012 but since then owner Mike Holland has been back to the drawing board to create office space that more closely meets market demand.

The Brighton entrepreneur said if planning permission is granted tomorrow, he would look to sell the site and hopes developers could come in and make his plans a reality within two years.

He said: “The idea is to get the tweaks approved and then find someone to build and develop it.

“I won’t develop myself. I will sell it.

“I am so busy with the stables at Stanmer, a development in Haywards Heath and major development at the Engineerium so we would be holding it up if it was a matter of waiting for us to do it.”

The new planning application is seeking permission for a similar variable six to two-storey building including restaurants and office space in an estimated £7 million conversion project.

The major changes to previous applications will see six flats built in the top floor of the six-storey building and more open plan office space.

A taller part-three part-four storey wing is included in the new plans as well as a courtyard garden space for general use and roof terrace and balconies connected to offices.

The plans are opposed by the Twentieth Century Society, The Theatres Trust, The Cinema Theatre Association but not by English Heritage.

The Astoria operated as a cinema between 1933 and 1977 and most recently operated as a bingo hall until 1997 since then it has laid dormant.

Phil Graves, from estate agents Graves Jenkins, who advised Mr Holland on the new plans, said: “After the original consent was granted, we spoke to potential occupier interest and soon found out that the plans were not quite what they wanted.

“The trend is now more for single floor and open plan so we have worked on creating a more flexible space.

“The whole North Laine area is becoming more popular with all the redundant sites becoming regenerated and is complementing the work done by the London Road Traders Association.”

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8:18am Tue 5 Aug 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

Knock it done and be done...
Knock it done and be done... Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -28

8:57am Tue 5 Aug 14

asterixobelix says...

Mr Holland...the man who says he'll preserve buildings, waits a few years and then knocks them down. He never does what he initially promises.
Mr Holland...the man who says he'll preserve buildings, waits a few years and then knocks them down. He never does what he initially promises. asterixobelix
  • Score: 32

9:28am Tue 5 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

asterixobelix wrote:
Mr Holland...the man who says he'll preserve buildings, waits a few years and then knocks them down. He never does what he initially promises.
So you'd rather it sit in its current state for the next 10 years? Its called regeneration, and something actually good for the local economy.
[quote][p][bold]asterixobelix[/bold] wrote: Mr Holland...the man who says he'll preserve buildings, waits a few years and then knocks them down. He never does what he initially promises.[/p][/quote]So you'd rather it sit in its current state for the next 10 years? Its called regeneration, and something actually good for the local economy. Mrbrightside1
  • Score: -7

10:01am Tue 5 Aug 14

Phani Tikkala says...

asterixobelix wrote:
Mr Holland...the man who says he'll preserve buildings, waits a few years and then knocks them down. He never does what he initially promises.
Is this the same Mike Holland? NB Newlands School closed in July

http://www.theargus.
co.uk/news/1535792.s
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to_build_flats_on_si
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[quote][p][bold]asterixobelix[/bold] wrote: Mr Holland...the man who says he'll preserve buildings, waits a few years and then knocks them down. He never does what he initially promises.[/p][/quote]Is this the same Mike Holland? NB Newlands School closed in July http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/1535792.s chool_saviours_want_ to_build_flats_on_si te/ Phani Tikkala
  • Score: 17

10:47am Tue 5 Aug 14

wippasnapper says...

As long as it doesn’t go towards building more student accommodation or anything else to do with student activates I could not care what happens to it as it has stood idle for way too long
As long as it doesn’t go towards building more student accommodation or anything else to do with student activates I could not care what happens to it as it has stood idle for way too long wippasnapper
  • Score: 8

10:58am Tue 5 Aug 14

J Hill says...

Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings?
Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings? J Hill
  • Score: 25

11:32am Tue 5 Aug 14

J Hill says...

The more I think about it the more this annoys and angers me greatly. They are trying to turn the historic Hippodrome into a multiplex cinema with several restaurants and now they are trying to turn a Historic cinema into an office and residential block with restaurants too. The current council are a bunch of wreckless idiots and have done more damage to Brighton than any other before them. If they can't pave it over or turn it into a bike or bus lane then they turn it into an office block or a restaurant. It's obvious that the office block will stand empty for years as most other newly built office blocks in Brighton have yet to be filled. The New England Quarter instantly springs to mind as its One Brighton Development (Office, Offices 2004 - 4579 Sq Ft) has stood empty and begging for the last two or three years.
The more I think about it the more this annoys and angers me greatly. They are trying to turn the historic Hippodrome into a multiplex cinema with several restaurants and now they are trying to turn a Historic cinema into an office and residential block with restaurants too. The current council are a bunch of wreckless idiots and have done more damage to Brighton than any other before them. If they can't pave it over or turn it into a bike or bus lane then they turn it into an office block or a restaurant. It's obvious that the office block will stand empty for years as most other newly built office blocks in Brighton have yet to be filled. The New England Quarter instantly springs to mind as its One Brighton Development (Office, Offices 2004 - 4579 Sq Ft) has stood empty and begging for the last two or three years. J Hill
  • Score: 29

11:48am Tue 5 Aug 14

Bugzy84 says...

What is the point of having listed buildings if they can just be completely demolished anyway, I thought it was to preserve the building in some form for future generations.
I have no problem with a building being redeveloped for alternative use even if it means modification, the Co-op building on London road is a good example of this, so why can't the front be saved and cleaned up with the development incorporated into it.
What is the point of having listed buildings if they can just be completely demolished anyway, I thought it was to preserve the building in some form for future generations. I have no problem with a building being redeveloped for alternative use even if it means modification, the Co-op building on London road is a good example of this, so why can't the front be saved and cleaned up with the development incorporated into it. Bugzy84
  • Score: 32

12:22pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Fight_Back says...

Phani Tikkala wrote:
asterixobelix wrote:
Mr Holland...the man who says he'll preserve buildings, waits a few years and then knocks them down. He never does what he initially promises.
Is this the same Mike Holland? NB Newlands School closed in July

http://www.theargus.

co.uk/news/1535792.s

chool_saviours_want_

to_build_flats_on_si

te/
Indeed it is. It is also the same Mike Holland that has taken YEARS to renovate the Engineerium ( I doubt he'll ever finish ) and wanted to block off a public footpath at Stanmer. He's only in it for himself but likes to project an image of helping the community.
[quote][p][bold]Phani Tikkala[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]asterixobelix[/bold] wrote: Mr Holland...the man who says he'll preserve buildings, waits a few years and then knocks them down. He never does what he initially promises.[/p][/quote]Is this the same Mike Holland? NB Newlands School closed in July http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/1535792.s chool_saviours_want_ to_build_flats_on_si te/[/p][/quote]Indeed it is. It is also the same Mike Holland that has taken YEARS to renovate the Engineerium ( I doubt he'll ever finish ) and wanted to block off a public footpath at Stanmer. He's only in it for himself but likes to project an image of helping the community. Fight_Back
  • Score: 22

1:13pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Scorpio50 says...

Absolutely terrible! Shame on Brighton Council and their wanton destruction of Brighton & Hove. I too thought that because it is a listed building they'd be unable to destroy it?
Absolutely terrible! Shame on Brighton Council and their wanton destruction of Brighton & Hove. I too thought that because it is a listed building they'd be unable to destroy it? Scorpio50
  • Score: 26

1:47pm Tue 5 Aug 14

fredflintstone1 says...

If there is a need for more cinema space in the city (as the Hippodrome conversion plans suggest, according to its developers ), then this Grade 2 building should be put back to the original purpose for which it was intended.
If there is a need for more cinema space in the city (as the Hippodrome conversion plans suggest, according to its developers ), then this Grade 2 building should be put back to the original purpose for which it was intended. fredflintstone1
  • Score: 21

1:55pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Hoarder12345444 says...

J Hill wrote:
Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings?
Oh for pity's sake stop moaning. It's an eyesore and needs to be changed. Some people in Brighton are so opposed to change it's unreal. It's change and progress for the better of Brighton. Or would you rather stare at a building just because you deem it to be part the city's "heritage". Pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]J Hill[/bold] wrote: Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings?[/p][/quote]Oh for pity's sake stop moaning. It's an eyesore and needs to be changed. Some people in Brighton are so opposed to change it's unreal. It's change and progress for the better of Brighton. Or would you rather stare at a building just because you deem it to be part the city's "heritage". Pathetic. Hoarder12345444
  • Score: -40

2:17pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

Hoarder12345444 wrote:
J Hill wrote:
Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings?
Oh for pity's sake stop moaning. It's an eyesore and needs to be changed. Some people in Brighton are so opposed to change it's unreal. It's change and progress for the better of Brighton. Or would you rather stare at a building just because you deem it to be part the city's "heritage". Pathetic.
Thank you! common sense at last, im sure some people would rather look at derelict buildings dotted everywhere, as they are all part of our heritage!!
[quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]J Hill[/bold] wrote: Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings?[/p][/quote]Oh for pity's sake stop moaning. It's an eyesore and needs to be changed. Some people in Brighton are so opposed to change it's unreal. It's change and progress for the better of Brighton. Or would you rather stare at a building just because you deem it to be part the city's "heritage". Pathetic.[/p][/quote]Thank you! common sense at last, im sure some people would rather look at derelict buildings dotted everywhere, as they are all part of our heritage!! Mrbrightside1
  • Score: -31

2:38pm Tue 5 Aug 14

spa301 says...

I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down.
I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down. spa301
  • Score: 17

3:01pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Hoarder12345444 says...

spa301 wrote:
I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down.
Why would be mortfied?? It's just a building surely?
[quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down.[/p][/quote]Why would be mortfied?? It's just a building surely? Hoarder12345444
  • Score: -21

3:28pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

spa301 wrote:
I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down.
Why would you be mortified ffs? I used to work in a garage that was demolished and new flats built upon, should I be mortified?

I just don't get some points of view?
[quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down.[/p][/quote]Why would you be mortified ffs? I used to work in a garage that was demolished and new flats built upon, should I be mortified? I just don't get some points of view? Mrbrightside1
  • Score: -17

4:31pm Tue 5 Aug 14

spa301 says...

Hoarder and Mr Brightside........oh forget it I can't be ars**d
Hoarder and Mr Brightside........oh forget it I can't be ars**d spa301
  • Score: 12

4:35pm Tue 5 Aug 14

HJarrs says...

Fight_Back wrote:
Phani Tikkala wrote:
asterixobelix wrote:
Mr Holland...the man who says he'll preserve buildings, waits a few years and then knocks them down. He never does what he initially promises.
Is this the same Mike Holland? NB Newlands School closed in July

http://www.theargus.


co.uk/news/1535792.s


chool_saviours_want_


to_build_flats_on_si


te/
Indeed it is. It is also the same Mike Holland that has taken YEARS to renovate the Engineerium ( I doubt he'll ever finish ) and wanted to block off a public footpath at Stanmer. He's only in it for himself but likes to project an image of helping the community.
What! Can't you read that Mike Holland is only selling the site with planning so that it can be developed more quickly to benefit the city. I bet he will be quite embarrassed to pocket a large profit from this venture.

Next, you will be telling me that he has often had waspish pops in his Brighton Indy column at those that have stood in his way. Well, I don't believe that nor that developers are doing other than just trying to turn an honest profit for the benefit of the community.

Off to take the medication now.
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phani Tikkala[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]asterixobelix[/bold] wrote: Mr Holland...the man who says he'll preserve buildings, waits a few years and then knocks them down. He never does what he initially promises.[/p][/quote]Is this the same Mike Holland? NB Newlands School closed in July http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/1535792.s chool_saviours_want_ to_build_flats_on_si te/[/p][/quote]Indeed it is. It is also the same Mike Holland that has taken YEARS to renovate the Engineerium ( I doubt he'll ever finish ) and wanted to block off a public footpath at Stanmer. He's only in it for himself but likes to project an image of helping the community.[/p][/quote]What! Can't you read that Mike Holland is only selling the site with planning so that it can be developed more quickly to benefit the city. I bet he will be quite embarrassed to pocket a large profit from this venture. Next, you will be telling me that he has often had waspish pops in his Brighton Indy column at those that have stood in his way. Well, I don't believe that nor that developers are doing other than just trying to turn an honest profit for the benefit of the community. Off to take the medication now. HJarrs
  • Score: 7

4:40pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Hoarder12345444 wrote:
J Hill wrote:
Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings?
Oh for pity's sake stop moaning. It's an eyesore and needs to be changed. Some people in Brighton are so opposed to change it's unreal. It's change and progress for the better of Brighton. Or would you rather stare at a building just because you deem it to be part the city's "heritage". Pathetic.
Agreed. The city has to evolve and no one has been able to do anything with that building for nearly twenty years. I appreciate that letting buildings rot (or arguing for decades about what should be built on empty sites) is very much a Brighton tradition, but it is refreshing when the tradition breaks.
[quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]J Hill[/bold] wrote: Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings?[/p][/quote]Oh for pity's sake stop moaning. It's an eyesore and needs to be changed. Some people in Brighton are so opposed to change it's unreal. It's change and progress for the better of Brighton. Or would you rather stare at a building just because you deem it to be part the city's "heritage". Pathetic.[/p][/quote]Agreed. The city has to evolve and no one has been able to do anything with that building for nearly twenty years. I appreciate that letting buildings rot (or arguing for decades about what should be built on empty sites) is very much a Brighton tradition, but it is refreshing when the tradition breaks. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
  • Score: -3

4:46pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Nikski says...

spa301 wrote:
I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down.
Me too I remember it well. That film was amazing at the time!
If Mike Holland is involved I doubt anything will happen; constant self-promotion without ever seeming to actually do anything...
[quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down.[/p][/quote]Me too I remember it well. That film was amazing at the time! If Mike Holland is involved I doubt anything will happen; constant self-promotion without ever seeming to actually do anything... Nikski
  • Score: 18

6:21pm Tue 5 Aug 14

HumanHater says...

spa301 wrote:
I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down.
I saw Jaws there in 75 too.
[quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down.[/p][/quote]I saw Jaws there in 75 too. HumanHater
  • Score: 5

8:01pm Tue 5 Aug 14

BtnLaurence says...

Mrbrightside1 wrote:
Hoarder12345444 wrote:
J Hill wrote:
Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings?
Oh for pity's sake stop moaning. It's an eyesore and needs to be changed. Some people in Brighton are so opposed to change it's unreal. It's change and progress for the better of Brighton. Or would you rather stare at a building just because you deem it to be part the city's "heritage". Pathetic.
Thank you! common sense at last, im sure some people would rather look at derelict buildings dotted everywhere, as they are all part of our heritage!!
Absolutely, let's look at empty offices instead. If the town is so in need of more cinema screens, use this. It was a stunning building once and could be again. And it's listed.
[quote][p][bold]Mrbrightside1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]J Hill[/bold] wrote: Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings?[/p][/quote]Oh for pity's sake stop moaning. It's an eyesore and needs to be changed. Some people in Brighton are so opposed to change it's unreal. It's change and progress for the better of Brighton. Or would you rather stare at a building just because you deem it to be part the city's "heritage". Pathetic.[/p][/quote]Thank you! common sense at last, im sure some people would rather look at derelict buildings dotted everywhere, as they are all part of our heritage!![/p][/quote]Absolutely, let's look at empty offices instead. If the town is so in need of more cinema screens, use this. It was a stunning building once and could be again. And it's listed. BtnLaurence
  • Score: 12

9:28pm Tue 5 Aug 14

lewes road low life says...

BtnLaurence wrote:
Mrbrightside1 wrote:
Hoarder12345444 wrote:
J Hill wrote:
Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings?
Oh for pity's sake stop moaning. It's an eyesore and needs to be changed. Some people in Brighton are so opposed to change it's unreal. It's change and progress for the better of Brighton. Or would you rather stare at a building just because you deem it to be part the city's "heritage". Pathetic.
Thank you! common sense at last, im sure some people would rather look at derelict buildings dotted everywhere, as they are all part of our heritage!!
Absolutely, let's look at empty offices instead. If the town is so in need of more cinema screens, use this. It was a stunning building once and could be again. And it's listed.
Agree,
How many of the cynical people saying knock it down have actually stepped foot inside it ? I worked in it in the early 90's whilst it was the bingo hall, it still retained a lot of its original features, would be a shame to see it go.
[quote][p][bold]BtnLaurence[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrbrightside1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]J Hill[/bold] wrote: Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings?[/p][/quote]Oh for pity's sake stop moaning. It's an eyesore and needs to be changed. Some people in Brighton are so opposed to change it's unreal. It's change and progress for the better of Brighton. Or would you rather stare at a building just because you deem it to be part the city's "heritage". Pathetic.[/p][/quote]Thank you! common sense at last, im sure some people would rather look at derelict buildings dotted everywhere, as they are all part of our heritage!![/p][/quote]Absolutely, let's look at empty offices instead. If the town is so in need of more cinema screens, use this. It was a stunning building once and could be again. And it's listed.[/p][/quote]Agree, How many of the cynical people saying knock it down have actually stepped foot inside it ? I worked in it in the early 90's whilst it was the bingo hall, it still retained a lot of its original features, would be a shame to see it go. lewes road low life
  • Score: 10

10:36pm Tue 5 Aug 14

JeevesMcMontague says...

HumanHater wrote:
spa301 wrote:
I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down.
I saw Jaws there in 75 too.
Oh get a room.

Anyway, who would want to live in a building which is also an office and restaurant? Or work in a block of flats? Why do all these new buildings have to cater for everything?
[quote][p][bold]HumanHater[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down.[/p][/quote]I saw Jaws there in 75 too.[/p][/quote]Oh get a room. Anyway, who would want to live in a building which is also an office and restaurant? Or work in a block of flats? Why do all these new buildings have to cater for everything? JeevesMcMontague
  • Score: 2

10:51pm Tue 5 Aug 14

lewes road low life says...

Does Brighton have a shortage of resturants ?
Does Brighton have a shortage of resturants ? lewes road low life
  • Score: 6

12:44pm Wed 6 Aug 14

college says...

J Hill wrote:
Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings?
No
[quote][p][bold]J Hill[/bold] wrote: Another grade II listed building about to go for the chop for yet another restaurant, office and residential block to be built. Have Brighton councillors got nothing better to do than destroy and ruin Brighton's historical heritage and buildings?[/p][/quote]No college
  • Score: 3

12:48pm Wed 6 Aug 14

college says...

HumanHater wrote:
spa301 wrote:
I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down.
I saw Jaws there in 75 too.
I saw Earthquake there in the seventies, and courtesy of some highly illegal cookies I thought it was going to fall down then.
[quote][p][bold]HumanHater[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: I saw Jaws there in '75 so I personally will be mortified if it's knocked down.[/p][/quote]I saw Jaws there in 75 too.[/p][/quote]I saw Earthquake there in the seventies, and courtesy of some highly illegal cookies I thought it was going to fall down then. college
  • Score: 3

12:23am Thu 7 Aug 14

happymonkey9 says...

A former cinema is being demolished while another building, the Hippodrome, is to be turned into one - logical?

Mike Holland is a con merchant who is only in these schemes to profiteer - he is a developer, not a saviour of Brighton (or Sussex) heritage. Newlands in Seaford was 'saved' by Holland only for housing to be planned for its playing fields. He has pushed out the Stanmer Preservation Society and its rural museum, developing Stanmer's stables etc for his own interests (loss of community resource, going into private hands). We still await the reopening of the 'British' Engineerium at Hove Park.

Brighton & Hove City Council should have learnt by now that his track record is dubious and granting anything to him will be a mistake. The Astoria is the last of its kind in the south east, a 1930s art deco super-cinema. Granted, it doesn't look aesthetically pleasing at the moment, but successive owners, Stomp and Holland, should be held accountable in maintaining their buildings so that they're secure from trespass and the pigeons - not difficult is it? They have stood in the way of the front-facing units being used for income generation. It doesn't seem to matter that the building is Grade II listed - even English Heritage have failed the building - will the conservation area actually benefit from this new development?

In its place, we will have a non-descript block of offices and cafes, like Brighton needs anymore of those - empty units still plague the city.

This resident is not a happy bunny, mainly for the fact that illogical development/destruct
ion seems to be a mainstay of this Council. Do residents actually want the i360 - I thought many would like to see a proper ice rink built? In this case however, few profiteer while the city loses a piece of its heritage which many Brightonians still remember fondly as a cinema.

Shame on those involved in its demise.
A former cinema is being demolished while another building, the Hippodrome, is to be turned into one - logical? Mike Holland is a con merchant who is only in these schemes to profiteer - he is a developer, not a saviour of Brighton (or Sussex) heritage. Newlands in Seaford was 'saved' by Holland only for housing to be planned for its playing fields. He has pushed out the Stanmer Preservation Society and its rural museum, developing Stanmer's stables etc for his own interests (loss of community resource, going into private hands). We still await the reopening of the 'British' Engineerium at Hove Park. Brighton & Hove City Council should have learnt by now that his track record is dubious and granting anything to him will be a mistake. The Astoria is the last of its kind in the south east, a 1930s art deco super-cinema. Granted, it doesn't look aesthetically pleasing at the moment, but successive owners, Stomp and Holland, should be held accountable in maintaining their buildings so that they're secure from trespass and the pigeons - not difficult is it? They have stood in the way of the front-facing units being used for income generation. It doesn't seem to matter that the building is Grade II listed - even English Heritage have failed the building - will the conservation area actually benefit from this new development? In its place, we will have a non-descript block of offices and cafes, like Brighton needs anymore of those - empty units still plague the city. This resident is not a happy bunny, mainly for the fact that illogical development/destruct ion seems to be a mainstay of this Council. Do residents actually want the i360 - I thought many would like to see a proper ice rink built? In this case however, few profiteer while the city loses a piece of its heritage which many Brightonians still remember fondly as a cinema. Shame on those involved in its demise. happymonkey9
  • Score: 6

9:42am Thu 7 Aug 14

voiceofthescoombe says...

Its been unused for twenty years if somebody was going to restore it and use it surely they would have turned up by now?
Next preston barracks might actually get used.
The MoD wont be handing over dyke road barracks any time soon what with Brighton council taking 30 years to develop a plot of land they'd been whinging at the army since the 70's to hand over.
Its been unused for twenty years if somebody was going to restore it and use it surely they would have turned up by now? Next preston barracks might actually get used. The MoD wont be handing over dyke road barracks any time soon what with Brighton council taking 30 years to develop a plot of land they'd been whinging at the army since the 70's to hand over. voiceofthescoombe
  • Score: 1

8:45am Sat 23 Aug 14

Brightonresident89 says...

Has Brighton gone completely mental as well as the council. Its a listed building with a fantastic history behind it. Yeah, yeah, its been stood idle for years tell me something I dont know. We already have FOUR CINEMAS IN BRIGHTON!!!!! How is this progress, to destroy and bastardize a listed historic building for a complex that will put strain or help shut down FOUR other businesses... Logic????
Has Brighton gone completely mental as well as the council. Its a listed building with a fantastic history behind it. Yeah, yeah, its been stood idle for years tell me something I dont know. We already have FOUR CINEMAS IN BRIGHTON!!!!! How is this progress, to destroy and bastardize a listed historic building for a complex that will put strain or help shut down FOUR other businesses... Logic???? Brightonresident89
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8:58am Sat 23 Aug 14

Brightonresident89 says...

Brightonresident89 wrote:
Has Brighton gone completely mental as well as the council. Its a listed building with a fantastic history behind it. Yeah, yeah, its been stood idle for years tell me something I dont know. We already have FOUR CINEMAS IN BRIGHTON!!!!! How is this progress, to destroy and bastardize a listed historic building for a complex that will put strain or help shut down FOUR other businesses... Logic????
Am referring to Hippodrome article regarding the Astoria wrong tab on computer.
[quote][p][bold]Brightonresident89[/bold] wrote: Has Brighton gone completely mental as well as the council. Its a listed building with a fantastic history behind it. Yeah, yeah, its been stood idle for years tell me something I dont know. We already have FOUR CINEMAS IN BRIGHTON!!!!! How is this progress, to destroy and bastardize a listed historic building for a complex that will put strain or help shut down FOUR other businesses... Logic????[/p][/quote]Am referring to Hippodrome article regarding the Astoria wrong tab on computer. Brightonresident89
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