Threatened Hove church could become school

Holy Trinity in Hove had been earmarked for demolition as part of a flats development

Holy Trinity in Hove had been earmarked for demolition as part of a flats development

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A disused Grade II listed church is being looked at as a site for a new school.

Brighton and Hove City Council has confirmed it has expressed an interest in buying Holy Trinity Church in Blatchington Road, Hove, to meet a shortfall of primary school places.

Vanessa Brown, the council’s cabinet member for education, told The Argus officials have been looking for options in the area but there were few large enough sites available.

She said Holy Trinity and the Connaught Centre in Connaught Road were possibilities.

“We have made an enquiry about the church but it is at a very early stage. We did enquire about the Connaught Centre but City College, who own it, said they want to continue to use it for five years.”

The news is being welcomed by campaigners fighting the possibility of the church being sold by owners the Anglican Diocese of Chichester to a housing association to be developed into 44 flats.

Ex-Coronation Street actor Brian Capron, who lives in Denmark Villas opposite, said: “What we ideally want is for the site to remain a quiet and beautiful part of this neighbourhood.

Obviously a school would not exactly be quiet but if push came to shove I’d rather have it than an ugly block of flats.”

He said he hoped if a school was built it would be architecturally designed to fit with the area. But Councillor Brown said it had not even been considered yet if the church would have to be demolished as part of the school plan.

The council has been promised more than £8.5 million by the Government to revamp and reorganise its primary schools to meet future population demands.

Councillor Melanie Davis, who represents the Goldsmid ward of Hove, said the school plan would be welcomed by parents in the area and in Seven Dials whose children have struggled to gain school places. She said: “There is a terrible shortage of places and schools, so I’m pleased to hear they are exploring all options.”

City College is considering the Connaught Centre’s future.

It is planning a £100 million revamp on four campuses across the city and indicated it might sell or redevelop the site.

But conservationists and the adult education centre in the Victorian buildings have fought against those plans.

College principal Phil Frier said the reaction prompted it to reconsider but no firm plans had been decided.

Is the disused church the right site for a new school? Comment below.

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5:52pm Mon 15 Sep 08

Fercri Sakes says...

We must have seen over thirty developments of 50+ occupancy in the last few years in Brighton. But how many new schools? Or community centres?

Surely all those extra millions of pounds of council tax has to go on providing some provisions for our community.
We must have seen over thirty developments of 50+ occupancy in the last few years in Brighton. But how many new schools? Or community centres? Surely all those extra millions of pounds of council tax has to go on providing some provisions for our community. Fercri Sakes
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8:46pm Mon 15 Sep 08

bug eye says...

yes more provisions and better infrastructure an upgraded conference centre and general upgrading of the seafront and town centre before we should consider more flats. this church would make a perfect primary if it is no longer viable as a church, but please keep its facade with some modern and eco twists and radically eco makeover the inside.
yes more provisions and better infrastructure an upgraded conference centre and general upgrading of the seafront and town centre before we should consider more flats. this church would make a perfect primary if it is no longer viable as a church, but please keep its facade with some modern and eco twists and radically eco makeover the inside. bug eye
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9:45pm Mon 15 Sep 08

bowwow says...

face it: school, flats whatever = no church building. it's not an efficient building in any sense, expensive to heat etc, doesn't make good use of the site. personally, i'd rather anyone other than the council redevelop it. if the council do it they will have carte blanche - who will check them? - their own planning department!!? plus think of the parents who all drive 1/4 - 1/2 mile to drop their kids off! if you live in the surrounding streets and don't have drive, kiss good bye to parking 8 - 9 and 3 - 4....
face it: school, flats whatever = no church building. it's not an efficient building in any sense, expensive to heat etc, doesn't make good use of the site. personally, i'd rather anyone other than the council redevelop it. if the council do it they will have carte blanche - who will check them? - their own planning department!!? plus think of the parents who all drive 1/4 - 1/2 mile to drop their kids off! if you live in the surrounding streets and don't have drive, kiss good bye to parking 8 - 9 and 3 - 4.... bowwow
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9:55pm Mon 15 Sep 08

bowwow says...

just read again - council is getting 8.5 million cash from central government for education - what has happened to all cash from developers in area via new developments? when new developments built, council receive cash under planning agreements for schools, parks etc - where has/is the money been/being spent???? as someone mentioned, loads of new development over recent years = lots of cash. WHERE HAS THE COUNCIL SPENT IT AND ON WHAT????
just read again - council is getting 8.5 million cash from central government for education - what has happened to all cash from developers in area via new developments? when new developments built, council receive cash under planning agreements for schools, parks etc - where has/is the money been/being spent???? as someone mentioned, loads of new development over recent years = lots of cash. WHERE HAS THE COUNCIL SPENT IT AND ON WHAT???? bowwow
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11:47pm Mon 15 Sep 08

bug eye says...

bowwow wrote:
just read again - council is getting 8.5 million cash from central government for education - what has happened to all cash from developers in area via new developments? when new developments built, council receive cash under planning agreements for schools, parks etc - where has/is the money been/being spent???? as someone mentioned, loads of new development over recent years = lots of cash. WHERE HAS THE COUNCIL SPENT IT AND ON WHAT????
most of the money they say gets spent on the local infrastructure, which usually means a replacement bus stop £20,000 or a statue, i think we could all think of better ways to spend the money, such as new schools, doctors surgery and dentists etc. or community centre/gym/swimming pool/ice rink. let roger french and his monopoly of the public transport charging extortionate fares deal with his bus stops and bus lanes etc., and let our many art students provide free show pieces of art for the environment, and let the unemployed pick litter, and plant trees.
[quote][bold]bowwow[/bold] wrote: just read again - council is getting 8.5 million cash from central government for education - what has happened to all cash from developers in area via new developments? when new developments built, council receive cash under planning agreements for schools, parks etc - where has/is the money been/being spent???? as someone mentioned, loads of new development over recent years = lots of cash. WHERE HAS THE COUNCIL SPENT IT AND ON WHAT????[/quote]most of the money they say gets spent on the local infrastructure, which usually means a replacement bus stop £20,000 or a statue, i think we could all think of better ways to spend the money, such as new schools, doctors surgery and dentists etc. or community centre/gym/swimming pool/ice rink. let roger french and his monopoly of the public transport charging extortionate fares deal with his bus stops and bus lanes etc., and let our many art students provide free show pieces of art for the environment, and let the unemployed pick litter, and plant trees. bug eye
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11:54am Tue 16 Sep 08

Jane Bartlett says...

I'm pleased that the council is interested in setting up a new primary school on this site. It would be fantastic if some of the church building could be retained and imaginatively redeveloped. This is a much better proposal than expanding Davigdor and Somerhill schools, which do not have the space for extra classrooms, and are already at an optimum size.
I'm pleased that the council is interested in setting up a new primary school on this site. It would be fantastic if some of the church building could be retained and imaginatively redeveloped. This is a much better proposal than expanding Davigdor and Somerhill schools, which do not have the space for extra classrooms, and are already at an optimum size. Jane Bartlett
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