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Major Developments: It's a Vision Thing

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One of Many

 

King Alfred
Brighton Marina
i360 / West Pier

The King Alfred redevelopment is only one of many major developments in the pipeline. The Jubilee Street development which gave us the new city library is almost complete. Just a 'boutique hotel' remains to be built - work has started.

The Brighton Station site, which was derelict for a generation, is well underway as the New England Quarter. There are two other major seafront developments to come.There is the i360, the high tech observation tower to be built as a replacement for the West Pier. Finally, the West Pier Trust has seen sense, and come up with a winner.

Then there's more development - including towers! - proposed for Brighton Marina. And there are smaller developments along Madeira Drive. A multi-purpose 7,500 seat arena and ice rink at Black Rock. A beach sports centre, providing 6 indoor volleyball courts at Peter Pans.

The last big seafront redevelopment in the pipeline is the aging Brighton Centre, which it is widely thought can no longer meet the requirements of the conference market which is now an international-scale business. It is also proposed to include the adjoining Kingswest building, which is widely regarded as a monstrosity. The building is actually owned by Standard Life, but it is thought they could well be a partner in the redevelopment. (Incidentally, Standard Life owns Churchill Square.)

Be it noted that the brief for the redevelopment does not rule out tower blocks, and a "landmark design" is wanted. So can we expect another Faulty Tower?

Moving away from the seafront there are plenty more brownfield sites ripe for redevlopment, including Circus Street, which used to be the home of the wholesale market, Preston Barracks, a former Ministry of Defence site, and Village Way North, a greenfield site long ago earmarked for development, which one day might eventually and finally become the home for the new community stadium and Brigthon & Hove Albion football club.

 

 

Notes
18-10-06 Karis ING have now submitted a revised planning application without reference to building a proportion of homes off site, as far as I can gather. As the Brighton Business website points out, houses not built on the site will lose their seafront location and the Gehry provenance, and therefore some of their commercial value. It is for this reason that I think that if any are built off site it will be from the proposed 276 affordable units - with the council picking up any financial shortfall.

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What is a Section 106 Agreement?

A Section 106 agreement (under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) is a legally-binding agreement made between the local planning authority (the council) and a developer about any matter relevant to a planning application. Developers accept "planning obligations" to deliver certain undertakings, which are seen as benefits to the wider community. For example, the Brighton Marina development includes a commitment by the developers to contribute £2 million towards education, culture and tourism amenities.

 

 

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