Friday 13 August 2010

Royal Alexandra Site again . . .

  • October 2009: Taylor Wimpey's plans for the site involving complete clearance of existing buildings rejected by Public Inquiry.
  • March 2010: A Planning Brief requiring retention of the main building adopted by the City Council.
  • August 2010: Tayor Wimpey in advance of submitting a new planning application for the site are holding a Public Exhibition of their proposals.
The exhibition is at Hove Town Hall from Monday 16th August  to Saturday 21st August. The Brighton Society website has an informative preview on the two alternative proposals being exhibited neither of which is said to satisfy the Planning Brief.

The photo was taken in January 2004, long before any serious deterioration had set in. After the Public Inquiry the site was made secure so that this view is now partly hidden by hoardings.  The buildings themselves are increasingly looking sad and neglected.  I have a nostalgic affection for nearly all of the site. Its collection of quirky buildings of different periods was attractive from almost any viewpoint, not the least this one. It will, of course, never be the same again.

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