Friday, 22 August 2014

Public Enquiry for the Hippodrome

Brighton & Hove News reported today that Cabinet minister Eric Pickles will decide whether the Hippodrome in Brighton can become an eight-screen cinema and restaurant complex.

He has called in the plans and will make his decision after a public inquiry.

Mr Pickles, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, was asked to intervene by the Theatres Trust, the Victorian Society and Our Brighton Hippodrome among others.

See also - Hippodrome restoration plans approved.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Patcham Village - then & now

Before the Village bypass was built in 1926
2014. Taken from the traffic island in the middle of the A23
In the old photo the wall on the left is that of the Black Lion, originally a private house. The wall on the right is that of Patcham Place, demolished when the bypass was built. The house advertising the Old Ship Hotel Garage is on the corner of 'The Square'. On the other corner, since the old photo was taken, a  double-fronted shop has been added.

7 Ship Street Gardens - update

Plans for the redevelopment of 7, 7a, 7b, Ship Street Gardens have resurfaced in application BH2014/02485.
As can be seen from the above artist's impression some attempt has been made to soften the somewhat forbidding flint wall by surmounting it with railings through which a climbing plant can ramble. The proposed one to two storey office building behind has graduated sloping roofs that will allow maximum light into the twitten and is L-shaped around a small courtyard. 

The overall design looks attractive and the courtyard, it is suggested, will be densely planted around its edges to form a small green oasis. Unfortunately neither the building or the courtyard will be visible to the passers-by. Yet as the property isn't residential the needs for privacy need not be so stringent as that of similarly sited gardens along the twitten. The solid wooden gate should be replaced with a wrought iron one.
Proposed plan

Friday, 8 August 2014

Two Blue Plaques for Brighton Station

Unveiled today, two new plaques are now adorning the interior of Brighton's splendidly refurbished Victorian station.

Firstly, in the presence of the Deputy Mayor Cr Denise Cobb, a plaque to David Mocatta the station architect was unveiled by members of his descendant family.

Secondly, a new plaque to John Saxby, who did early vital work on railway signalling, was unveiled by his descendants. 
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In connection with this plaque, tribute was paid to the late Bill McIlroy who campaigned for several years for the replacement of a pre-existing plaque to Saxby. This was of grey slate in a nearby poorly-lit passage and with lettering very difficult to decipher. 
The old plaque to John Saxby
The new plaques were promoted by the City's Commemorative Plaque Panel and financed by Southern Rail who manage the station.

Monday, 4 August 2014

19A Castle Street

19A Castle Street
The fate of this building, an early to mid 19thC livery stable, hangs in the balance. Planning application BH2013/02799 calls for its demolition as part of the redevelopment of the listed building 13A-14 Castle Street which it backs on to.

English Heritage did not consider 19A Castle Street itself suitable for listing due to refenestration and the 20thC rendered extension. However the planning committee refused BH2013/02799 on the grounds that 19A Castle Street has protection by virtue of being within the curtilage of a listed building, is of historical significance and there are no acceptable detailed proposals for its development, i.e. demolition and rebuilding are not acceptable.

The applicant appealed this decision on 10th July and the appeal decision is awaited.
The listed fly stables on Stone Street, previously used by a roofing contractor.
BH2013/02799 proposes restoration and conversion to a 3 bedroom house.
The 3 storeys of student accommodation proposed for Castle Street.
See also:- Ancient & Modern