HERE is everything you need to know about a proposed £13 million revamp of Hove seafront which was approved in principle by senior councillors.

A planning application for the Kingsway to the Sea project is being prepared by Brighton and Hove City Council.

The project was budgeted to cost £10.6 million when it went before the same committee last December, but due to “global external factors” is likely to cost £13 million.

The scheme aims to regenerate “run-down and under-used spaces in West Hove”.

The Argus: The area due to be revamped by the council. Picture from BHCCThe area due to be revamped by the council. Picture from BHCC

The main elements of the project are tailored for several different sports with a skatepark, a pump track which is a course for BMXs, a roller-skating area, bowls, croquet, sand sport areas, tennis and padel tennis courts.

The area will also have accessible and biodiverse green spaces, a new building which incorporates a bowls clubhouse, public café with a terrace, public toilets and changing facilities.

The plans will knock down the Hove and Kingsway Bowls Club buildings, the clubhouse and changing pavilion which both need “significant repair”.

The Argus: Artist impression of the project after it is finishedArtist impression of the project after it is finished (Image: Brighton and Hove City Council)

A new sports hub, on the current location of the changing pavilion, will be let back out to the club.

The survey for the Kingsway to the Sea project had 2,748 people respond.

The most in demand facilities according to the survey were the skate park, BMX pump track, green spaces and roller blading area.

The skate park area will be open planned “with no dead-ends or hidden spaces, enabling increased footfall and passive surveillance”.

The Argus: The project will cost almost £13 millionThe project will cost almost £13 million

The council hopes this will help “mitigate anti-social behaviour risks and reduce sound deflection”, something which has been a concern from people during feedback at public engagement sessions.

Plans are also in place to improve access into the park from the proposed A259 cycle lane at the Kingsway. There will also be more cycle parking provided.

In May this year, the council held two more public drop-in sessions to update people on plans and seek their views.

The Argus: Artist impressionArtist impression

More than 550 people attended, with 89 per cent of people agreeing the project will improve the seafront, according to the council.

The £9.5 million sourced from the Government’s levelling up fund must be spent by March 31, 2024.

A report on the status of the project will be brought back to a committee meeting in December this year ahead of work starting on the site next year.