Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Oxford Street car park is closed


Oxford Street car park is closed to the general public until mid-April due to construction work nearby. 10 spaces are being kept open for doctors who work at Oxford Street Medical Centre only. These spaces are not open to the public and will be enforced.

This car park is close to the London Road shopping area and The Level. There are disabled bays here and Blue Badge holders can park free of charge provided that their badge is displayed correctly.

The Marina - not all about housing . . .

Seemingly a long way from home the "Hebridean Explorer" has found it worthwhile to use Brighton Boatyard for some winter maintenance.

Locking through to the inner harbour 
Passing under the raised roadway, workboat assisted.

Entering the 60 tonne boat-lift

Boat-lift operator on station

Starting the lift

Moving off

Toads Hole Valley grinds on

View from the NW. A27 to the left.

From the end of this month, people and organisations from across the city have a chance to have their say on the draft planning guidance (draft SPD) being prepared for the privately-owned Toads Hole Valley development site. This document has been shaped by an earlier round of consultation with stakeholders (known as the Issues and Options stage) undertaken in March-May 2016.
When adopted by the council this SPD will be used as a guide in determining future planning applications for the 37 ha site. This will help to ensure the successful delivery of City Plan proposals which include a minimum of 700 homes, 25,000 square metres of employment space and a new school.
Consultation is from 27 February to 10 April. A staffed exhibition in Hangleton Community Centre (10am-1pm) and St. Peter’s Church, West Blatchington (1.30pm-4.30pm) is on Saturday 18 March.

Responses will also be able to be made through an online form on the BHCC consultation portal; by email to planningprojects@brighton-hove.gov.uk, or by writing to Planning Policy, Projects and Heritage Team (THV SPD), BHCC, Hove Town Hall, BN3 3BQ.

As well as homes and employment, the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) guidance looks at how policy requirements for community, play and sport facilities, and areas for food growing can be incorporated into the development. An environmental assessment is out for consultation at the same time.

The final version of the SPD  will be presented to councillors at the council’s Economic Development & Culture Committee in the spring.

View of the site looking east from the nature reserve.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Planning Officers to the rescue!

39 Grand Parade (Swift Sports)
Planning application BH2016/02448 to demolish this fantastic little building and replace it with 4 stories of glass-fronted blandness has been rejected by council planning officers.  They have instead approved application BH2016/06207 which essentially provides similar accommodation to the first but without significantly altering the street view.

The successful proposal
No thanks to the Conservation Advisory Group or other pundits who all opted for architectural cleansing.

The alternative proposal - four stories of bland

Architects - Sam Willoughby, Brighton