Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The Royal Pavilion skyline

The iconic Pavilion skyline viewed  from the west was seriously marred by the 1960's fashion for high-rise flats. It is especially galling that the fashion was relatively short-lived and a tall buildings planning brief has since been drawn up which might have prevented this eyesore. The hope for now is that the offending building is nearing the end of its economic life and within a few years the site will be redeveloped more sympathetically.

In London certain sightlines have become sacrosanct, the view from Westminster Bridge celibrated by Wordsworth, for example. Also, work is in progress on a "London View Management Framework". Perhaps now is the time for Brighton & Hove to initiate a similar study.

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