ROCK star David Gilmour’s extravagant new home is taking shape – and the neighbours wholeheartedly approve.

The Pink Floyd singer and guitarist and his wife Polly Samson were forced to flatten the existing Victorian bath house on Hove seafront last year after it was found to be beyond repair.

But, after initial concerns from neighbours that a taller replacement building would cause loss of sunlight to their properties, the 73-year-old agreed to “rebuild it in a manner which more than echoes the original building”.

Now, the basic structure of the building is visible and has drawn praise from residents in the area.

Miles Rose, 68, and his wife Ruth live in neighbouring Benham Court and said they had been involved from “day one” in opposing proposals for a high-rise development on the site.

Miles said: “We were very happy with David’s proposals. What he is doing is something that should have been done about 15 years ago.

“The building had become derelict and there were squatters on the site.

“What he is doing is to recreate something in keeping with the area and I think it’s good to keep the character of Brighton and Hove alive.”

Gilmour has a Grade II seafront house near the site, which he bought for a reported £3 million in 2009. Miles said the star’s actions and choice of location showed he “clearly had a passion for the area”.

He said: “This is the best possible outcome.

“I can’t think of any other person who could have done it in the way he is doing it.

“The site had become an eyesore before so it will be good to get it done and finished.”

He also praised developers saying residents had been “kept up to date” and the site was regularly cleaned.

Miles added: “I don’t think I have a bad word to say about it.”

This opinion was shared by other Hove residents.

Margaret Price said: “I remember the old building which was very beautiful so I’m glad to see something is being done with the site.

“I understand that it had to be rebuilt because of the structural insecurities of the original building, and I definitely approve of the new designs. I think it will improve the seafront.”

The new home will include five bedrooms, three with en-suites, as well as a library, study, gym and courtyard garden.