The city’s planning committee yesterday approved the plans for the redevelopment of the old Hannington's service yard to provide new retail units, homes, offices and a 26 room hotel.
One of the area’s gems, the 17th century Puget’s Cottage, hidden for decades behind an electricity sub-station and another building, will also be revealed to public view and preserved as part of the 21st.C new Lane development.
The plans are also aimed at reducing the area’s carbon footprint as the new buildings will have features such as communal heating systems, solar panels, energy-efficient materials and lighting, rainwater harvesting and recycling facilities.
The new pedestrian shopping lane from Meeting House Lane to Brighton Place will provide 14 new retail or eating outlets, with seven homes above and two floors of office space. Some buildings in Brighton Square will be demolished to create a boutique hotel and a new four storey building to provide retail with three flats above.
Permission was also granted to build an additional storey on buildings in Brighton Square to create seven three-storey town houses. The square will be renovated, with refurbished shop fronts and new planting, including four silver birch trees.
Because of the historic nature of the site, which lies on top of an ancient raised beach, archaeological excavations will take place and be recorded.
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