A £200 MILLION redevelopment scheme of 600 homes on a former industrial estate will be unveiled to residents for the first time.
International developers Mountpark is bringing forward plans for the Sackville Trading Estate and Corralls coal yard in Hove which includes 50,000sqft of offices and 20,000sqft of “cultural industrial space”.
Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum’s Mike Gibson said the plans formed part of larger transformation of the Hove Station area which could mean up to 1,300 homes built.
Concerns have been raised about the project’s scale with Save Hove’s Valerie Paynter describing the plans as a “massive overdevelopment”.
Initial proposals will go on display from 11am to 3pm on Saturday at St Barnabas Church, in Sackville Road, with developers hoping to submit a planning application within the year.
Mountpark executive David Carvey has been trying to develop the trading estate for more than a decade.
Under previous firm Parkridge, £100 million plans for 180 homes, offices, restaurants and a supermarket were rejected in 2008 over concerns of its impact on nearby businesses.
A reduced version was granted consent in March 2010 and granted a time extension three years later at around the same time landowner National Coal Pension Board bought the coal yard for £1.3 million.
The project was boosted in January by the removal of the coal yard from consideration as a future waste site.
Mr Gibson said the forum was working on bringing together several major private sector schemes for the Hove Station area into a “coherent project”.
The Hove Gardens project for188 homes as well as offices and shops in Ellen Street remain under consideration more than four months after its due date but Mr Gibson said he hoped plans would go ahead after further talks between developers and council officers.
He added: “The Mountpark plans fit very well with the scale of development we are looking at in the neighbourhood plan.
“The Matsim site had a 17-storey tower, something that we wanted as a beacon building, it is an area designated for high-rise buildings.
“We have been keen to get the developer to speak with the public before the plans are set in stone.”
Ms Paynter said: “There’s a really big concern that the area around Hove Station will just become commuterville for London workers, it shouldn’t just be a load of dormitories.
“The real question will be about access, if they can’t get all those new residents access to the Old Shoreham Road then they’re just whistling Dixie.”