IT HAS been proposed that a controversial seafront development be made even bigger.

Last week, The Argus reported on proposals for a nine-storey development near Kingsway, Hove.

Now pictures show that developers want the building even higher, stretching eleven storeys into the skyline.

An image for the revised scheme shows the 172-home residential development, known as Gateway Hove.

The building is shown next to nearby residential homes, some of which are three storeys.

Campaigners have accused the scheme of being “more suited to a dual carriageway into East London”.

Peter Reeves, chairman of Kingsway and West Hove Residents’ Association, said “We welcome developments that are well designed and appropriate to the surroundings.

“Whilst this proposal offers some appealing features the feedback from local residents is overwhelmingly that it falls well below fulfilling either criterion.

“It is regarded as far too bulky, too high and clashing with the long-established character of not just the neighbourhood but west Hove generally.

“It would also seriously overshadow homes opposite for a large part of the year.

“Described as a Gateway its ‘office block’ appearance is more suited to a dual carriageway into East Croydon.

“It is simply overbearing and out-of-place”.

The proposal, from Synergy Developments, comprises two long blocks.

One ranges from seven to eleven storeys and the other from five to nine storeys.

It will be made up of 172 homes, more than 1,000 sqm of office space; a rooftop restaurant, a cafe, a gym and a gallery space/visitor centre.

There will also be parking spaces for 174 cars and 192 bicycles.

In a letter to residents, the company said it was “committed to providing as much affordable housing as possible within this development”.

The scheme is designed “in two zones, allowing for uninterrupted views to the port area and sea from Derek Avenue”.

It said the proposals include the design principles of an “eco town scheme” with green spaces, energy generation technologies, enhanced recycling rates and community participation in social and local activities and events.